3 more arrested over Ayub Pandith's lynching, special probe team formed

Posted June 26, 2017

"An SIT headed by an officer of the rank of superintendent of police has been formed for speedy investigation of the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22", a police official said.

"An officer being lynched by the very people he had gone to protect proves we have reached a stage where very little difference is left between humanity and barbarism", SP Vaid, the state police chief, told reporters.

The DIG will form a SIT which will probe and nab all the culprits who are involved in the gruesome lynching of the police officer.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police had, earlier in the day, picked up three more accused, bringing the number of people arrested in the case to five.

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Sajad Ahmad Shah, the additional SP (Traffic City), Srinagar, will look after the duties of the SP (North Srinagar), the order read.

"Let the investigations proceed to know what exactly had happened there, which led mob to lynch the senior cop", Vaid said. The 57-year old senior police officer tried to defend himself by firing from his service pistol leaving three people injured, but the crowd managed to overpower him.

"It is good that the SIT has been formed, but some more measures have to be taken to curb such attacks".

Nowhatta, where the lynching took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the North Srinagar SP.

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Sources said the officer was shifted as he had failed to respond to the incident. They have been advised to stay away from "general mosques, Eidgah (common prayer grounds) or isolated areas".

DSP Pandit was allegedly beaten to death outside Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar during intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Reportedly, the people coming out of the mosque abused him of being an IB and R&AW agent, hit him with stones, logs and weapons till he collapsed to death. The Mirwaiz has condemned the killing has taken to Twitter to condemn the killing Al Jazeera News Channel said.

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