40 devotees hurt in clashes at Pak shrine

Around 40 devotees were injured after they clashed with the police at a shrine in Pakistan’s Sindh province, the media reported on Friday.

The incident at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan on Thursday evening took place after the provincial government had announced the closure of all shrines in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, reports Dawn news.

Despite the announcement, thousands of devotees had already arrived in Sehwan to participate in the 769th urs of the great Sufi saint slated to begin on Thursday evening.

Police personnel deployed around the shrine, kept telling the incoming devotees to turn away as there was no chance to open the shrine.

However, the crowd managed to break open one of the gates of the shrine to storm into it.

Reinforcement of an additional 200 policemen and Rangers personnel were called in to assist with restoring law and order.

At least seven policemen were also injured in the ensuing violence.

The shrine remains closed as per the provincial government’s order.