Police Arrest 200 Christians after Attacks in Lahore
ICC Note: Following the church attacks carried out by members of the Taliban on March 15, 2015 that left nineteen dead, a mob lynched two individuals who were suspected to be responsible for the attacks. In response, police have arrested approximately 200 people in Youhanabad and it is not yet clear where they have been taken. According to the diocese of Lahore, the police raid resulted in the indiscriminate arrests of hundred without first identifying the arrestees as those named on the First Information Report.
By Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 Pakistan (Asia News) – Police arrested about 200 people today in Youhanabad, the Christian district of Lahore, for the lynching of two people that took place on March 15 following Taliban attacks against the two churches. The police have not disclosed where they have brought those arrested.
For the moment, families have been denied the chance to get in touch with their loved ones.
The situation in the district is tense and many people have started to leave the area. Religious leaders and political activists are demanding that the innocent be released immediately.
On 15 March two Taliban blew themselves up at the entrance of two churches, killing 19 people and injuring more than 70. In response to the attacks of a crowd of people took and killed two Muslims, suspected of being involved in explosions but later proved to have been unrelated to the events.
Police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 600 Christians in relation to lynching. However Fr. Srif John, of the diocese of Lahore, told AsiaNews: “The police conducted a raid in the district and indiscriminately arrested people without identifying them based on names in the FIR. We are not opposed to the arrest of those who have done something wrong, but the arrest of innocent people is unacceptable”.