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Pakistani Christian man’s hands ‘chopped off’ for refusal to accept Islam

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LAHORE — Pakistani Christian man has claimed that both his hands were chopped off by some Muslim men for his refusal to change over to Islam, media reports said on Wednesday.

Aqeel Masih, 25, complained to police, on Tuesday charging that the unidentified Muslim men slashed his hands off with a hatchet for not changing over to Islam on June 24, the Dawn reported.

Police, however, have rejected the victim’s affirmation, asserting he lost his hands in a train mishap.

“A few people came to me and asking that I change over to Islam.  On my refusal, they assaulted me with a hatchet and cut my both hands off,” said Mr Masih, who was treated at Jinnah Hospital.

He said he didn’t know the name of the assailants and could just remember them in the event that he saw them.

Lahore police senior officer Amara Ather, however, said that according to medical report put together by a doctor, Mr Masih had lost his hands in a train mishap near a beverage factory in Gulberg.

Citing eyewitnesses, Ms Ather said Mr Masih was lying unconscious on the track near a railway track when a train engine crushed his hands up to the elbows.

“Some people rushed to the railway track after hearing his cries and shifted him to Jinnah Hospital,” she was quoted as saying by the daily.

She said some four to five people were present on the spot.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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