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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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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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