Hindu temple attack case: SC wants riverine area in Rahim Yar Khan cleared of dacoits

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court issued on Friday an order to clear the Katcha area in Rahim Yar Khan of dacoits during a hearing of the suo motu case on the attack at a Hindu temple in Rahim Yar Khan last week.

Last week, over a dozen men, armed with sticks, had vandalised a Hindu temple in Rahim Yar Khan, shouting slogans and desecrating idols in the place of worship. The video clip of the incident went viral on social media, drawing sharp criticism from rights activists in Pakistan.

The Rahim Yar Khan temple attack suo motu notice hearing was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed.

During the hearing on Friday, the court expressed frustration with the concerned authorities for arresting an 8-year-old after the attack and ordered that action be taken against the SHO who arrested the child.

The court ordered to complete the identification of the suspects involved in the attack on the temple within a week and said that after the suspects were identified, the arrested persons should be released and challans should be presented in a trial court. 

The court said a decision should be made by the trial court in four months without any delay.