Priyantha case: ATC summons IO for cross-examination

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday summoned the investigation officer (IO) and other police offi-cials in Priyantha Kumara lynching case for cross-examination on Saturday, April 2.

The defence counsel completed cross-examination of two eye-witnesses during Friday’s proceedings.

ATC Judge Natasha Naseem conducted the trial proceedings at Kot Lakhpat Jail.

As many as 41 witnesses had been cross-examined by the defence counsel in the case.

The court had indicted 80 accused in the case on March 12 after filing of challans by the prosecution whereas a separate trial was in progress for 9 juve-niles.

The prosecution, in its challans, included witnesses besides videos, digital evidence, DNA and forensic evidence.

A mob in Sialkot had tortured Sri Lankan Priyantha Kumara to death on Dec 3, 2021. He was working as a manager at a local factory.

Meanwhile the cross-examination of eight eyewit-nesses was completed on Wednesday in the lynching case of Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara over blasphemy allegations in Sialkot.

The victim, 49-year-old Priyantha Kumara, was tortured to death and his body was set on fire on Dec 3, 2021 by furious workers of the Rajco Industries garment factory, where he was a manager.

The prosecution in its challan included 40 witnesses besides videos, digital evidence, DNA evidence and forensic evidence.

The witnesses also include Mr Kumara’s colleague who tried his best to save him from the mob.

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