Mardan police on Friday claimed to have arrested at least five more suspects reportedly involved in the murder of Mashal Khan, a university student who was lynched earlier this month over alleged blasphemy.
“We have so far apprehended 47 suspects of a total 49, who were identified with the help of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage,” DPO Mardan police Dr Mian Saeed told The Express Tribune. “Two others are believed to have fled to the tribal areas in the north.”
Those held were identified as Usman, Suleman, Nawab Ali, Abbas Sheno and Shabbir — all students of Abdul Wali Khan University. Videos of the incident showed agitated students stomping on Mashal’s lifeless, blood-soaked body and hitting him with sticks.