Hindu man arrested in Balochistan over alleged blasphemy

A 35-year-old Hindu man was arrested in Hub, Lasbela on Wednesday over charges of blasphemy.

Prakash Kumar, 35, was arrested after locals complained he allegedly sent blasphemous content via WhatsApp. “Prakash s/o Prem Chand has been arrested after local people accused him of blasphemy,” SSP Lasbela Zia Mandokhel confirmed.

Mandokhel said the police had lodged a case against the accused while a cellphone, from which the suspect allegedly shared blasphemous content, has been seized. Further, a local court has sent the suspect to jail for further interrogation in the case.
The incident has caused an outrage among local people who have shut down their shops and offices in protest against the accused. Charged protesters staged a demonstration outside a police station in Hub, Lasbela demanding the closure of the shop owned by Prakash.

DSP Lasbela Jan Mohammad Khosa and other officials were injured as the protesters hurled stones at them during the demonstration.

Blasphemy, which carries the death penalty, is a sensitive issue in Pakistan, with allegations often prompting mob violence.

Vigilantes have murdered 65 people over blasphemy allegations since 1990, according to research compiled by the Center for Research and Security Studies think-tank.

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