34 suspects rounded up for lynching two people

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Police have rounded up 34 suspects so far on charges of lynching two telecom company workers in Karachi’s Machhar Colony area a day ago, South Deputy Inspector General of Police Irfan Ali Baloch said on Saturday.

A vigilante mob lynched the two men and torched their vehicle after some miscreants spread rumours that they were kidnappers and roaming the area with the intention to abduct children, police said.

After taking notice of the incident, the South DIG had directed the Keamari SSP Fida Hussain Janwari to personally conduct an inquiry into it.

Initially, two suspects were arrested on Friday, and on Saturday, DIG Baloch said the number had increased to 34. “Keamari police conducted a targeted operation in Machhar Colony to arrest the suspects,” he said, adding that those in custody were being interrogated.

The DIG said a case for the incident had been registered in which 15 named and more than 200 unnamed suspects were booked. He added that apart from those arrested, five more suspects had been identified with the help of videos of the incident so far.

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