20 people murdered in local shrine in E. Pakistan

Baku, April 2, AZERTAC

Officials in Pakistan's eastern Punjab Province said Sunday that a custodian of a shrine killed at 20 people, including four women, earlier in the day, according to local reports, Xinhua reports.

The incident occurred in Sargodha district, some 200 km south of Islamabad early Sunday when people were gathered to seek spiritual advice and treatment, a senior official in the area told reporters.

Deputy Commissioner Sargodha district Liaquat Ali Chatta said the custodian, Abdul Waheed, was most probably suffering from mental health problems and that could be the possible reason of killing the people.

Waheed, who is also an employee of the Election Commission of Pakistan in Sargodha, murdered his disciples with knives and batons after giving them drugs, the official said.

Initial investigation suggests that Waheed and his accomplices brutally killed the intoxicated visitors after stripping them.

The police arrested Waheed and his five close associates, who were also involved in the case.

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