Two more key suspects involved in Mashal Khan’s lynching were arrested in Mardan on Tuesday.
Mardan District Police Officer (DPO) Dr Mian Saeed said the suspects, Ashfaq Khilji and Fazal Raziq, were identified through closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.
CCTV footage showed Mashal received a severe blow on the head when Ashfaq Khalji hit him with a pot, DPO Mardan said. Raziq, on the other hand, kept on striking Mashal’s lifeless body and desecrated it, the police official added.
The suspects will be presented before a court. On Monday, another suspect in the case accepted charges levelled against him.
Mardan police have so far arrested 36 people for involvement in the lynching of the Abdul Wali Khan University student. Mashal, a 23-year-old student of journalism at AWKU was shot dead and brutally lynched on campus on April 13 after accusations of blasphemy.
Videos of the gruesome incident show agitated students stomping on Mashal’s lifeless, blood-soaked body and hitting him with sticks.
More videos that have surfaced since then show a local PTI councillor Arif Mardan congratulating the students for killing Mashal and urging them to pledge to not reveal the identity of Mashal’s shooter.