Riots broke out in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Sunday after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy.
Widespread protests erupted in Ghotki district after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School on the complaint of Abdul Aziz Rajput, a student’s father who claimed that the teacher had committed blasphemy by uttering derogatory remarks against the Prophet of Islam.
Following the riots, protesters demanded the police to arrest the principal, who was identified as Notan Mal.
The Ghotki city has been shut down and the Hindu community is under a threat.
There were reports that the protestors attacked properties, including the school and vandalised three Hindu temples.
Extremists leader Mian Mithu and his men are allegedly involved in the attack against Hindhus in Ghotki.
Trouble was already brewing in the city on Saturday night over blasphemy accusations against a Hindu principal.
Hindu principal of Sindh public school in Ghotki was accused of fake blasphemy. The school was vandalised by religious extremists in the presence of police.
Videos of stick-wielding protesters were shared on social media in which they were seen vandalising a Hindu temple and damaging the school where the incident took place.
Residents of the area demanded that the police arrest the principal, issued a call for a shutter-down strike, and took to the streets in protest.
Following the incident, the activists and journalists took to Twitter to share videos and images of the rioting and appealed to the Sindh government to protect the minority Hindu community.
Ghotki Senior Superintendent of Police Farrukh Lanjar, while talking to reporters, said that Police were controlling the law and order situation in the area.
Protests were also held in surrounding towns, including Mirpur Mathelo and Adilpur, where demonstrators blocked roads and demanded that the police arrest the school principal.
Rights activist Sattar Zangejo said the Hindu community of the area was forced to remain indoors due to the riots.