'Pressurised' Pak police threaten to shoot Data Darbar victim's relatives seeking bodies

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Lahore, June 7(ANI): A policeman deputed at a Lahore hospital had reportedly threatened the relatives of a Data Darbar suicide attack victim that he would fire at them if they came to him.

The relatives of Muhammad Ashraf were demanding that the body be handed over to them.

Ashraf had been injured in last Thursday's incident, and died on Tuesday morning.

"On Tuesday evening, I went to ASI Rustam Khan, the checkpost in-charge of Mayo Hospital, and requested him to at least tell us when they will they give us Ashraf's body," The Daily Times quoted Suhail, Ashraf's cousin, as saying.

"Instead of giving me an answer, he warned us to stay away from the checkpost because policemen deputed at the hospital were already under pressure and they had orders to fire at people who tried to disturb them," he added.

On the night of July 1, three suicide bombers had detonated their explosives as crowds of devotees were gathered at the shrine of the Persian saint.

The two consecutive suicide bombings and a low intensity blast killed at least 43 people and injured 175. (ANI)

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