Four held for setting ablaze watchman cabin of Ahmadi worship place

Updated June 23, 2019

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Police say those arrested are teenagers who were returning home after playing in a cricket ground last week. — AP/File
Police say those arrested are teenagers who were returning home after playing in a cricket ground last week. — AP/File

TAXILA: Police have arrested four people for torching a watchman’s cabin located outside a worship place of Ahmadis in Wah Cantt, it emerged on Saturday.

According to police, those arrested were teenagers who were returning home after playing in a cricket ground last week when they spotted a watchman’s cabin outside the worship place of the Ahmadi community, near sector 14 in the jurisdiction of Wah Cantonment police station. The youths set fire to the metal-wooden cabin and escaped from the scene.

Police have registered a case under Section 436 of the Pakistan Penal Code (offence of committing mischief by fire or any explosive substance, intending to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby cause, the destruction of any building which is ordinarily used as a place of worship or as a human dwelling) on the complaint of the caretaker of the worship place, Riaz Ahmed Qureshi.

The accused Sabihuddin, Hafiz Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Sheharyar and Atta Mohammad, their ages ranging between 14 and 18 years, were identified through CCTV footage after which police arrested them.

Published in Dawn, June 23rd, 2019