Initial probe reveals workers were annoyed with manager over discipline

LAHORE  – The initial investigation report of the Sialkot lynching incident was presented to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Saturday.

According to the report, Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara had asked to remove banners and stickers bearing religious writing from the room.

The report also says workers were annoyed due to discipline and overwork assigned by the manager.

He had also asked the staffers to improve cleanliness arrangements during the visit of foreigners. The manager was attacked for removing the stickers.

Diyawadanage was tortured to death and his body was set on fire on Friday. Punjab IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan, in his initial report to authorities, said that Diyawadanage had asked the employees of Rajco Industries, located on Wazirabad Road, to remove all stickers from factory machines before a foreign delegation arrived. 

The workers had subsequently staged a protest on the factory premises, alleging that he had committed blasphemy. They suspended traffic and were joined by all the factory workers and a large number of locals. On seeing the mob gradually swell from a few dozen to hundreds, Diyawadanage had dashed to the roof. 

A new footage shot prior to Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara’s lynching shows a colleague of the man trying to protect him from the mob. In the video, some among the mob can be heard chanting slogans and saying “he (the manager) will not escape today,” while the colleague tries to shield Kumara with his body, who clings to the man’s legs.

 

The workers eventually overpowered the colleague and dragged Kumara out on the road and tortured him with kicks, stones and iron rods, killing him on the spot. The mob then set the body on fire. 

The workers had later overpowered the colleague and dragged Diyawadanage out on the road and tortured him with kicks, stones and iron rods, killing him on the spot. The mob had then set the body on fire.

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