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02 Apr 2017

Pakistan Dargah murder: 20 people tortured to death

Pakistan dargah murder: 20 people drugged, stripped, stabbed

In a gruesome incident, the "mentally ill" custodian of a shrine in Pakistan tortured and killed 20 people, including six members of a family. Reasons for the crime haven't been ascertained yet.

Custodian Abdul Waheed allegedly drugged the victims and stripped them before stabbing and beating them to death.

Police have taken five people in custody, including Waheed and caretaker Yousuf.

In context

Pakistan dargah murder: 20 people drugged, stripped, stabbed

The scene of crime

Locals reported that Waheed and associates would club people who visited the dargah of Muhammad Ali Gujjar in a village in Sargodha of Pakistani Punjab to "cleanse" their sins. The suspect, an employee of the Election Commission of Pakistan, had been visiting since two years.

Rumours abound after horrific murder, heavy police deployment

Aftermath

Rumours abound after horrific murder, heavy police deployment

At least one witness claimed that the events unfolded after a clash over possession of the Dargah. Three people were also injured in the violence and are reportedly critical.

Police were deployed in large numbers in and around the dargah following the incident. A search operation was launched for other suspects.

Meanwhile, an emergency has been declared in local hospitals.

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