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PTI | Karachi | Jul 27, 2016:: A Hindu youth was today shot dead as communal tension gripped a district in Pakistan’s Sindh province following alleged desecration of a holy book by a man from the minority community who was arrested for blasphemy.
Tension ran high in Mehran Samejo village in Ghotki district after a Hindu man, Amar Lal, who was said to be mentally unstable, allegedly desecrated a holy book yesterday.
According to reports, Amar, who has been arrested, was a drug addict and was living in a mosque after converting to Islam a few months ago.
After the incident, local religious leaders along with several agitated people took to streets.
During a protest, some men riding on motorbikes fired at two Hindu youths who were sitting outside a tea stall in Mirpur Mathelo area.
In the attack, one of the youths, Dewan Sateesh Kumar, 17, was killed while another named Avinash was critically injured, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Masood Ahmed Bangash said. Avinash is now in a critical condition, police said.
Sateesh was a local businessman.
Local leaders of the Hindu community have demanded protection of their lives and properties in the wake of the tensions. They also wanted the arrest of Pir Mian Mithoo who has been operating the rackets of Hindu abduction, forced conversion on Hindu girls, Hindu killing and extortions etc.
Bangash said that police with the help of Rangers are trying to diffuse the tense situation.
According to reports, all towns of the Ghotki district remained closed today.
Leaders of local religious parties have demanded severe punishment for a Islam convert Amar, who has been booked for blasphemy and shifted to an undisclosed location by police.
Sindh has the biggest population of Hindus in Pakistan.
The Hindu community says that the murderer of Sateesh Kumar is Nisar Kalwar, who is the nephew of right hand man of Mian Mithoo, Hasam Kalwar. He is the man who does all the work for the Sufi Pir Mian Mithoo. This Sufi Pir of Bharchundi Darbar Sgariff, Mian Mithoo is allegedly involved in conversions and campaigns that target underaged non-Muslim girls and boys belonging to Hindu community.
Courtesy: PTI and Dawn News.