Police hunting for over 600 involved in vandalizing churches

Two terrorism cases registered against mobs who attacked churches and houses of Christian community over blasphemy charges.

FAISALABAD: Police in Jaranwala tehsil of Faisalabad are hunting for over 600 people involved in vandalizing churches and houses of Christian community on Wednesday.

The police have filed two terror cases against more than 600 people for ransacking and “torching Christians’ homes and a church building” a day ago, it emerged on Thursday.

A violent mob of hundreds ransacked and torched five churches while also attacking the residences of members of the Christian community and the office of the local assistant commissioner.

A Christian cemetery and the office of the local assistant commissioner were also vandalized.

The incident had led the Punjab government to call in Rangers while 3,000 police personnel from various police units, including the Elite Force, had been deployed as well.

As per police and local sources, the violence erupted after some locals alleged that several desecrated pages of the Holy Quran had been found near a house at Cinema Chowk in Jaranwala, where two Christian brothers resided.

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