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Kot Radha Kishan incident: The police witnessed the whole incident as spectator, Supreme Court says


Kot Radha Kishan Incident

LAHORE: Supreme Court criticizes police for being inactive when the Christian couple was lynched by mob in Kot Radha Kishan.

According to details, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court Lahore Registry issued notices to the prosecution on bail applications filed by two allegedly accused of ransacking when the Christian couple was being burnt alive by the mob on November 4, 2014 in Kot Radha kishan.

Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry heard this case on Monday, August 24, 2015. During the hearing an additional prosecutor general submitted that the accused also played a pivotal role during the whole episode of lynching of the Shahzad and Shamma, besides they were also involved in ransacking during the incident.

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During the hearing, the Supreme Court bench strongly criticized the police for not taking necessary action during Kot Radha Kishan incident and remarked that “the police witnessed the whole incident as spectator.”

What is more, the Additional prosecutor submitted to the court that only five police officials including an ASI were present on the scene of the brick kiln where the Christians were being burnt alive; however, the mob comprised of about 500 agitated fanatics.

Moreover, after the whole incident and subsequent police investigations the ASI who was present at the scene during the incident was terminated. Nonetheless, the remaining four police officials were charged on negligence by the Police Department. departmental action had been taken against the remaining officials on negligence.

The prosecutor maintained that the police did try to stop the infuriated mob but they were tortured. On the other hand, the court remarked that this story was fabricated by the police to avoid further blame of negligence and inaction. Conversely, the additional prosecutor asked the court to grant some time for thorough arguments.

The incident occured when an agitated mob burnt a Christian couple namely Shahzad and Shamma alive. The Christian couple was accused of committing blasphemy and so received an extra-judicial judgement.