Sialkot worker who tried to save Sri Lankan man from mob to be awarded Tamgha-i-Shujaat: PM Imran

Published December 5, 2021
Malik Adnan, a colleague of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, tries to shield him from the mob as seen in new footage. Photo: DawnNewsTV
Malik Adnan, a colleague of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, tries to shield him from the mob as seen in new footage. Photo: DawnNewsTV

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the Tamgha-i-Shujaat (Medal of Bravery) will be conferred on Malik Adnan — a colleague of the Sri Lankan man lynched by a mob in Sialkot on Friday who had tried to save the 49-year-old factory manager.

In videos of the incident shared on social media, Adnan was seen trying to calm the mob down and later shielded Kumara when the matter escalated, but in vain.

Some among the mob could be heard chanting slogans and saying "he (Kumara) will not escape today," while Adnan tried to shield the manager with his body who clung to the man's legs.

The workers later overpowered Adnan and dragged the Sri Lankan 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.

In a tweet on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran said: “On behalf of the nation I want to salute [the] moral courage and bravery of Malik Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter and save Priyantha Diyawadana from the vigilante mob in Sialkot.”

The premier noted that Adnan had endangered his own life "by physically trying to shield the victim", saying he would be honoured with the Tamgha-i-Shujaat.

The First Information Report of the incident was registered against 900 workers of Rajco Industries on the application of Uggoki Station House Officer (SHO) Armaghan Maqt under Sections 302, 297, 201, 427, 431, 157, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7 and 11WW of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

In the latest development, the Punjab police identified and arrested six more of the main alleged culprits involved in Kumara's lynching.

Over the past two days, police have arrested scores of suspects, including six more primary suspects who were traced using CCTV footage and mobile phone data. "The suspects were hiding at the homes of their friends and relatives," a police statement said.

Opinion

Editorial

Retracted offer
04 Dec, 2022

Retracted offer

WITH so many U-turns under his belt, it was hardly surprising when on Saturday, PTI chairman Imran Khan decided to...
Embassy attack
Updated 04 Dec, 2022

Embassy attack

The Taliban should have enhanced the existing security arrangements.
Smog season
04 Dec, 2022

Smog season

FOR the past week, major cities of Pakistan have been among the top most polluted cities in the world. Lahore ranked...
Fleeting good news
Updated 03 Dec, 2022

Fleeting good news

Indeed, there is no other option to get out of the economic mess we have created in the last few years.
Battle for spoils
03 Dec, 2022

Battle for spoils

THE spectacle playing out inside a London courtroom shines a light on the struggle for control of the assets of the...
CM Bizenjo’s complaint
03 Dec, 2022

CM Bizenjo’s complaint

BALOCHISTAN Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo’s claim that his province is facing a financial crunch due to ...