Hindu farmer says family tortured for getting water from mosque
A Hindu family from Rahim Yar Khan alleged that village landlords had tortured them while taking them hostage after they took water from a local mosque which the accused termed as “violation of its sanctity”.
According to Dawn‘s report: “The incident took place a few days back when Alam Ram Bheel, a resident of Basti Kahoor Khan in the city suburbs, was picking raw cotton (phutti) along with his other family members, including his wife, in a field of Chak 106-P. Ram said when the family went outside a nearby mosque to fetch drinking water from a tap, some local landlords and their men beat them. When the family was returning home after unloading the picked cotton, the landlords held them hostage at their dera (outhouse) and tortured them again.”
It was also reported that the Bheel family had been later released by some Muslim residents of Basti Kahoor Khan.
Ram Bheel further claimed that the case were not registered as the attacker had the backing of a PTI lawmaker. Meanwhile, the Hindu family also held protest outside Airport police station for registering the case.
Peter Jhon Bheel, a member of the district peace committee, told Dawn that that they approached PTI MNA Javed Warriach who helped them lodge the FIR under sections 506, 154, 379, 148 and 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code on Friday last.
When contacted by Dawn, PTI’s south Punjab minority wing secretary general Yodhister Chohan told that the incident was in his knowledge but due to the influence of a ruling party MP he preferred to stay away.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Khuram Shehzad, in this regard, assured that he would meet Hindu minority elders on Monday (today) before taking any action.
After the attack on the Bhong Temple, the district administration had received some complaints from the minority community which proved fake when investigated, Dawn quoted him as saying.
Earlier, in August, a mob attacked and vandalised the Hindu temple in Bhong Town of Rahim Yar Khan after a nine-year old Hindu boy was granted bail by a local court for allegedly urinating in a local seminary.