Islamabad - The Punjab police Monday submitted a report on burning of Christian couple in the jurisdiction of P S Kot Radha Krishan, in the Supreme Court informing that postmortem has confirmed the cause of death of the couple was burning with dry heat.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk would hear the case today.

The report is submitted by DCO Kasur and RPO Sheikhupura region, wherein it is stated that Joint Investigation Team (JIT), headed by SP Investigation Kasur, probed the case.

The report also informed that 138 persons are nominated accused but still 59 are arrested, adding hectic efforts are being made to arrest the remaining accused. “Challan of the case has been prepared by JIT and same is being submitted to Anti-Terrorism Court No IV Lahore,” it adds.

According to the report, allegedly diseased Saima had burnt the pages of the Holy Quran.

About the collection of circumstantial evidences, the report tells that tractor trolley, broken articles including TV, papers including “Taweez” etc, broken lock, torn police uniforms and wooden rods used for torturing the couple.

The report also says that heavy police have been deployed in different areas to maintain law & order situation. It is further told that statements of eight witnesses as well as four police officials have been recorded under section 161 Cr.PC.

The report says that on Nov 4, Rescue 15 was informed that one woman at the brick kiln had disrespected the Holy Quran by burning and a mob had gathered around her house.

“Diseased couple has two sons namely Suleman Masih aged 6 year, Zeshan Masih aged 4 years and two daughters namely Sania aged 3 years and Ponam aged 18-month-old,” the report further states.

According to the report, Muhammad Ali SI, Abdul Rasheed ASI and other police officials were riding a patrol vehicle on Adda Manga Road when they received information that a mob had gathered at Yousaf Gujjar’s brick kiln in Chak No 59 were torturing a family of the Christian community.

When the police reached the spot they found 500 to 600 people gathered there. The policemen said that though they tried to stop the mob from damaging the brick kiln’s roof, they were beaten back and even tortured by the mob.

In the meantime, the mob apprehended Sajjad Masih and Saima and tortured them in the presence of police as well as Iqbal Masih, Shahbaz Masih, sons of Nazir Masih, Imran Masih, the report said.

The police officials tried to secure their release but were thwarted. Then, in the presence of police officials and witnesses, seven nominated suspects namely Yousuf Gujjar, etc, along with 8-10 other people incinerated Sajjad Masih and Saima.

Earlier, the country’s Catholic prelates and religious congregation leaders moved an application in the apex court asking for the implementation of the court’s June 19 landmark verdict about the protection of minorities’ rights and promotion of religious and social tolerance. Pakistan Catholic Bishops Conference and Major Superiors Leadership Conference of Pakistan submitted a six-point ‘charter of demands’ to the Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk. Both the organisations also requested a fair investigation of the case. The copy of a two-page letter has also been sent to the United Nations Council on Human Rights.

“A fair investigation of the incident should be conducted and the perpetrators of this gruesome crime be brought to justice by setting a strong precedence for the future,” says the letter.

The Catholic prelates also demanded that the government take measures to stop misuse of the blasphemy laws by adopting the recommendations of the Gojra Inquiry Commission 2009.