Buddhist priests performed religious rites at his home before police took out a procession with his burnt remains to the cemetery.
The body of a Sri Lankan factory manager who was tortured and set on fire He was buried with state honors in his native village on Wednesday for alleged blasphemy by a mob in Sialkot last week.
Buddhist priests performed religious rites at Priyanta Kumara’s home before leading the police procession, in which family and friends carried the coffin with its burnt remains to the graveyard.
The street was decorated with mourning banners and white flags symbolizing mourning.
Kumara was attacked by a mob of hundreds and dragged on the road and set ablaze last Friday in Sialkot, where she helped run a sports equipment factory. The factory workers accused him of desecrating the posters bearing the name of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).
The victim’s brother, Arunsiri Vasant Kumara Diyavadana, who also works as a technical director in a garment factory in Pakistan, said that factories should have a safe environment.
“It was not happening in this particular case,” he said.
He called for reforms in management practices so that any disputes can be resolved before it is too late.
He added that the two governments “must determine the real root cause, whether it is a religious matter or an industrial dispute, and accordingly they must find a solution”.
In Pakistan, mere allegations of blasphemy can trigger mob attacks. The country’s blasphemy law carries a possible death penalty.
Police have arrested dozens of people in connection with the violence and Prime Minister Imran Khan promised severe punishment For those found guilty.
Header Image: The wife of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, sits with her children at the funeral in Ganamulla, Sri Lanka on December 8, 2021. – Reuters