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The preliminary postmortem of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara reveals that he died from a severe blow to his head and most of his limb bones had been shattered before the body was set on fire.

The report and additional videos that surfaced on Saturday have revealed new details on the lynching. It emerged that at least one colleague tried to shield Priyanatha from the mob.

The body of Priyanatha has been moved to Lahore, where it would be handed over to the Sri Lankan High Commission.

The Sri Lankan national was lynched by a mob of factory workers and others on Friday over alleged blasphemy allegations. He worked as an exports manager at Rajco Industries’ unit located at Wazirabad Road.

Factory employees first killed him and then dragged his body out to set in on fire. The grisly events were recorded on mobile cameras.

The postmortem report reveals the final moment of Priyanatha Kumara, who had been working in the country for over a decade.

According to the report, Priyantha’s skull received multiple hits and a severe blow, deep into his brain causing the death.

The mob broke almost all of the limb bones, according to SAMAA TV.

About 99% of the tissues were damaged with burns and wounds. The body was burnt except for the lower legs.

Following the legal formalities and postmortem, the police have escorted the body to Lahore under security. The body will be handed over to Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad.

The Sri Lankan High Commission staff will accompany the body to Colombo, according to reports by the Sri Lankan media outlets.

The mob had accused Priayanatha of blasphemy after he allegedly tore down some posters of a religious outfit pasted to the factory walls.

However, a police investigation on Saturday revealed that Priyanatha and workers had a heated exchange over another issue.

The report says that an inspection of the Rajco Industries by foreign companies was due and the deceased had ordered the complete overhaul and maintenance of the factory machines.

According to the police, the manager and workers first got into a heated argument at 10:00am on Friday that escalated to violence.

It says some of the workers had been fired for derelict.

Following the dispute, the workers staged a protest in the factory and alleged that Priyanatha Kumara has committed blasphemy.

The protest suspended the traffic in the area and the crowd gradually grew larger.

The report has been submitted to Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar.

Poice has obtained the 12 hour CCTV footage recorded by 160 CCTV cameras in the factory.

New videos and reports emerged on Saturday suggesting that after the mob re-entered the factory following the protest on the road, Priyanatha ran to the rooftop to save his life.

Videos showed the mob surrounding him on the rooftop amid an array of solar panels.

At least one colleague tried to shield Priyanatha from the mob as the Sri Lankan national clung to his legs.

SAMAA TV‘s Shehzad Ali, who visited the factory on Saturday, says there were a few other factory workers who tried to protect their manager.

A BBC URDU report says at least four workers were proactively trying to rescue the manager. They had told him to flee to the rooftop, but the mob somehow detected him there.

The four were wounded during the scuffle.

The violent mob continued to attack saying the manager “will not escape today.”

The man shielding the Sri Lankan national was later identified as Malik Adnan, the production manager at Rajco Industries.

They reportedly threw him down from the top.

His body was later dragged out of the factory to the main road and then set on fire.

The mob continued to record videos and take selfies with the burning corpse.

After the lynching, the mob vandalized the properties and cars outside the factory.

The attack has caused outrage in Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the lynching a day of shame for the country.

Police have arrested over 120 people, including the 13 prime suspects.

The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry paid homage to Priyanatha Kumara by lying flowers before his photo. It has “condemned the horrible act and resolved to formulate policies to avoid any such incidents in future.”

At a press conference in Lahore, Punjab Inspector-General Rao Sardar Ali Khan briefed journalists and media on the investigations into the case. “During the last 24 hours, we have conducted raids in over 200 areas of the city and arrested nearly 120 men,” IG Rao said.

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  • TopCat Sunday, 05 December 2021 08:58 AM

    What action has the Sri Lanka ambassador taken with the Pakistan Terrorist regime with regard to this barbecue party. In the Sri Lanka Ambassador in Pakistan a career diplomat. If not what are his qualifications to be a diplomat. We need answers to these questions.

    Arnold Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:46 AM

    First, our greedy politicians must be punished for destroying the local economy which leaves no other options for these educated poor souls to go to dangerous places to make a living.

    Charles Seneviratne Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:23 AM

    Extradite the leaders to Sri Lanka and death by stoning after judiciary proceedings.

    Roshan Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:53 AM

    After the extradition, if it happens here they will obtain the Presidential pardon in lieu of money. better hang them over there

    ali asghar Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:57 AM

    Being a Pakistani, I feel ashamed to see this act. Every culture has such fanatics who need to be dealt with iron hand. I have visited Sri Lanka twice and found the people very friendly towards Pakistanis.

    WAQAS SHAIKH Sunday, 05 December 2021 10:05 AM

    I agree 100%. No mercy for these criminals.

    Srilankan Sunday, 05 December 2021 10:06 AM

    If you do so then what's the difference between you and those mobs. Don't act like a terrorist. They should be punished by law 8n the most severe way.

    Ranaweera Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:27 AM

    Just barbarians.

    noname Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:39 AM

    July 1983.

    Zulkifli Nazim Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:46 AM

    We are watching you Mr. Imran Khan Barbarous Killing of our Sri Lankan Factory Manager in Pakistan. Could not bear to see and hear the heart-rending news. These cowardly, merciless murderous scum should be punished severely. Mr. Imran Khan, just arresting these monsters will not do. All 113 or more of them must be given capital punishment and that too publicly. The courtyard of the Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum will be in ideal location to institute this punishment. Jinnah must be rolling in his grave for having created a monster. This monster is being nurtured by extremist organizations which should be totally blackballed, ostracized and hunted down so as to institute a deterrent to all others. Yours is a country where even parents kill their own children and brothers and sisters kill each other, under the guise of honour killing, just because one want to get married to an individual of another tribe. A Murderous Nation – you cannot deny this. We are watching you Mr. Imran Khan, hawk-eyed,

    Lumbini Sunday, 05 December 2021 09:55 AM

    Do not trust Imran Khan.

    Spartacus Sunday, 05 December 2021 10:51 AM

    Priyantha went through the same that thousands of Tamils faced in 1983 riots. Let's hope Priyantha's killers will be caught

    Sri Lankan Sunday, 05 December 2021 10:59 AM

    A religion that started in the Saudi Arabian desert has spread to many countries while producing more and more monsters.

    trust Sunday, 05 December 2021 11:00 AM

    There is a vast difference in socio-cultural aspects between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

    Fact Sunday, 05 December 2021 12:13 PM

    The singala government's made friends with country like China, Pakistan only for one reason. Big mouth only works in SL.

    Piyush Abhishek SIngh Sunday, 05 December 2021 12:37 PM

    Srilanka should align with India as we are one and the same civilization. Leaders of srilanka is aligning themselves with rogue states like Pakistan and China.

    Eardley Norton Monday, 06 December 2021 02:37 PM

    This is a henious crime and those behind it should be shown no mercy. If Pakistan has a death penalty, then let it be metered out to those involved. The Pakistani authorities must be commended for acting swiftly and making arrests of the fanatical monsters who carried out this horrific deed. Unlike in Sri Lanka where it takes months if not years, the authorities in Pakistan were quick to take decisive action. Lets hope that this will be an isolated incident and the death of Priyantha will bring profound change to fanaticism, if not, his sacrifice will be in vain.


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