Hand of suspected thief sewn back on

2014-06-03 20:55
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Multan - Doctors in Pakistan have re-attached the hand of a man who accused police of chopping it off after arresting him for allegedly stealing electrical cables, officials said on Tuesday.

Ghulam Mustafa was accused along with a second man Liaqat Ali of stealing the cables in the Vehari District of southern Punjab, about 200km southeast of the nearest major city of Multan.

The case is the latest to outrage rights activists following the bludgeoning to death of a pregnant 25-year-old outside Lahore's High Court last week, with one prominent lawyer saying it showed the country was "drifting fast towards barbarism".

The men said police chopped off one of each of their hands on Friday, but officers insist the men inflicted the wounds on themselves in order to commit suicide.

"The doctors have rejoined the hand of one of the accused at the government-run Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital, as his skin was still intact and his hand was clinging to him though his wrist bone," Sadiq Ali Gujjar, a local police official told AFP.

He said the severed hand of the other suspect was found in the police station.

The police said they were now investigating two officials over the incident and had suspended five others including the station's chief.

"We are investigating the incident" he said Amjad Javaid Saleemi, a senior police official.

"We have registered cases against two police officials while five police officials including in-charge of the police station have been suspended" he added.

The chopping off of hands is a punishment prescribed in Islamic Shari'ah law.

Hina Jilani, a supreme court lawyer and rights activist, said the incident was indicative of a growing trend of religiously motivated vigilantism.

"The incident shows that this society is drifting fast towards barbarism," she said.

"When the state machinery is habitual of giving inhumane penalties and taking the law into its own hands, than the notion of rule of law exists no more," she added.

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