Shrine's custodian, aides, kill 20 devotees in Pakistan


At least 20 devotees of a local shrine in Sargodha, Pakistan, were allegedly killed and three were injured by a mentally unstable custodian on Friday (March 31), the country's media reported on Sunday (April 2).

Deputy Commissioner Sargodha district Liaquat Ali Chatta said the custodian, Abdul Waheed, was most probably suffering from mental health problems and that could be the possible reason of killing the people.

Abdul Waheed and his accomplices gave intoxicated food to the 22 people present on the shrine and later murdered them after attacking with dagger and sticks, added the DC. Local residents said he visited the shrine twice a month and tortured devotees by setting them on fire, claiming that was a healing process. Waheed has told the police that had he not killed them, they would have poisoned him too.

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The custodian worked for the Election Commission in Sargodha - his office card was found in his possession, the official informed.

Those who were killed belonged to different parts of Punjab Province and federal capital Islamabad, the deputy commissioner said. All 20 bodies were recovered from the area.

Sargodha: At least 19 people were hacked to death by a shrine custodian in Sargodha, Pakistan on Friday night.

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The committee has been told to submit a report on the heinous crime within 24 hours.

Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has directed Auqaf & Religious Affairs Minister Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri to reach the crime scene.

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