LAHORE - The Supreme Court Monday expressed serious concerns over the failure of police to protect the lives of Christian couple lynched over an alleged matter of blasphemy in Kot Radha Kishan in November last year.

A three judge bench headed by Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhary gave this observation while hearing a bail petition moved by two persons Ikram and Nisar accused of lynching a Christian couple.

The petitioners stated they were not involved in killing of the Christian couple rather police implicated them in the case. Police booked them to show their performance to the high ups, they submitted. They further said neither they were present on the place of occurrence nor they had any link with the lynching or murder of the couple and despite that they were suffering in the jail for the last 10 months. They prayed the court to order their release.

At this, Justice Chaudhary observed that had the lives of Christian couple been saved if the police officials would have used weapons and done aerial firing to disperse the mob from taking the lives of the couple.

Police officials played their role as silent spectators and let the people kill the both husband and wife, the judge further observed. The judge sought reply from the prosecution and adjourned the hearing for indefinite period.

In Nov last year, a mob of 400 people lynched Shama and Shahzad for their alleged role in blasphemy of the Holy Quran.