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J&K cop's lynching: Special Investigation Team formed to probe incident, 5 arrested

J&K cop's lynching: Special Investigation Team formed to probe incident, 5 arrested

Even as the police claim that Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Mohammad Ayoub Pandith was lynched in the line of duty, the same police department had no idea that the body lying on the roadside in Nowhatta and later in the police control room for several hours was of their own DySP.

Top police officials expressed resolve that the guilty would not spared for the brutal killing of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith and said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had been formed to probe the case.

Police said two people involved in the murder were arrested and that a third accused has been identified and he too would be arrested soon.

Pandith died after a mob brutally attacked and stoned him outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Thursday night.

Earlier, ADGP (Security) Dilbagh Singh had said the senior officer was at Jamia Masjid for safety and security of the people. Surrounded by an irate mob, the officer fired from his service revolver to free himself, injuring three persons.

A strong mob of about 200 people lynched the police officer on Thursday evening after he was caught by youth staging protest near Jamia Masjid clicking their pictures.

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However, the mob overpowered him, stripped him and beat him to death.

The horrific incident was strongly condemned by Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti and former CM Omar Abdullah.

Meanwhile, News18 reports Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, saying that treating people who come to protect them in such a manner is very shameful.

The police officer is survived by wife, unmarried son and daughter.

Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid told Rising Kashmir that people involved in the incident would be taken to task and booked under the law.

According to the South Asian Terrorism Portal, 17 policemen have lost their lives in the first six months of 2017 which is proof of the sudden rise in anti-police sentiment in the valley.


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