Karachi: In a "revenge" attack, armed tribesmen ambushed a group of Hindus in Pakistan`s Sindh province after accusing a member of the minority community of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl, prompting police to intervene and kill two assailants.
"More than two dozen armed men (from Kalhoro tribe) attacked Hindu`s properties in Pannu Aqil town on Thursday as a revenge for the alleged sexual assault of a Kalhoro girl by a private school`s gatekeeper, who is said to be a Hindu," local area SHO Javed Alam said last evening.
A heavy contingent of police reached the town to push back the attackers, killing two of them in an exchange of fire.
A policeman and a Hindu trader were among the several others who were injured in the incident.
Hindus live in large numbers in the interior areas of southern Sindh province since partition of the subcontinent in 1947.
Fearing a backlash from the tribesmen amid the allegations of sexual assault of the seven-year-old Kalhoro girl, the Hindus in Pannu Aqil town had kept their businesses shut.
However, the tribesmen torched three of their shops. On Wednesday, the girl was on her way to home when a gatekeeper of a private school allegedly lured her into the school in a bid to sexually assault her.
The girl fainted while screaming for help following which the gatekeeper locked her in a classroom.
After hearing the girl`s screams for help, few people went inside the school and found her lying unconscious in a classroom. However, the gatekeeper managed to escape.
The accused was later arrested from Rohri on the charges of sexually assaulting the girl.