Diyawadana’s colleague to be honoured for trying to save him
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the man who tried to save Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana from the mobs will be awarded the country’s second-highest civilian award for bravery.
Identified as Malik Adnan, he will be bestowed with the Tamgha i Shujaat.
In a tweet, the Pakistani PM said that he salutes the bravery of Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter and save Priyantha Diyawadana from the vigilante mob in Sialkot by endangering his own life by physically trying to shield the victim.
According to the website Dawn.com, the colleague can be heard telling the mob that Diyawadana is a non-Muslim and “didn’t know what was written on the paper”.
Moreover, the colleague had tried to shield Kumara with his body, who clung to the man’s legs.
However, the workers had later overpowered the colleague and dragged the Sri Lankan out on the road and tortured him with kicks, stones and iron rods.
The mob had then set the body on fire.
After Priyantha was killed, another man, wearing a black jacket, could be seen joining his palms together and pleading to the mob to spare the body and not set it on fire.
But he was tossed aside by the vicious crowd.