Pakistan shrine custodian ‘kills’ 20

The custodian of a shrine in Sargodha allegedly killed at least 20 people and injured three others on Friday night, police said.

Sargodha Deputy Commissioner (DC) Liaquat Ali Chatta claimed that the custodian Abdul Waheed used a dagger and a stick to kill his victims.

The killings were reported by an injured woman who arrived at District Hospital Sargodha, she said, adding that she was one of three survivors who managed to flee from the scene of the crime.

Acting on her information, a heavy contingent of police rushed to the shrine and arrested Waheed and two others, he said.

The DC claimed that the prime suspect, a resident of Lahore, is an employee of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

At least 19 bodies were recovered from the shrine, he said. Three women and 16 men were among those killed, he added. However, later police claimed to have recovered another body, raising the death toll to 20.

Chatta alleged that the shrine custodian is mentally unstable. However, residents of the area denied these claims.

Quoting the survivor, the deputy commissioner alleged that the custodian had contacted devotees via telephone and summoned them to his room one by one. He claimed that the custodian offered an intoxicating substance to his victims before removing their clothes and beating them to death.

source: The Dawn