Police have arrested more than 40 people for their alleged involvement in an attack on a Hindu temple and for blocking the motorway near Rahim Yar Khan.

According to the police, 38 of the detainees were presented before an anti-terrorism court in Bahawalpur on Saturday.

The court ordered to send the suspects to jail for an identity parade.

The arrests have been made after Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed had reprimanded the Punjab police chief on Friday for failing to take action to safeguard the Hindu temple.

The chief justice ordered police to arrest the alleged attackers immediately.

On Thursday, more than a dozen men, armed with sticks, had vandalised a Hindu temple in village Bhong of Rahim Yar Khan, shouting slogans and desecrating idols.

The video clip of the incident went viral on social media, drawing sharp criticism from rights activists in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also took notice of the incident and tweeted messages of condemnation.


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