JK mob lynching: Three more arrested, SIT constituted

Katrina Barker
June 26, 2017

Police has also formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to be headed by the SP north City Srinagar Sajad Shah to accelerate investigations.

Police has arrested three more persons in connection to the case of lynching of DySP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith on Saturday.

Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar's Nowhatta area, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation.

Pandith, who was in civilian clothes, was caught clicking pictures inside the mosque, following which the officer opened fire with his service pistol, injuring three people.

Police officials said that so far they have identified 12 people who were involved in the lynching. The "most urgent" communication, advises senior officers to "instruct the field and subordinate formation" not to offer Eid prayers in isolated or general mosques or Eidgahs (prayer ground), the newspaper said. The incident seems to have happened for the first time in the Kashmir valley. "The officer just went out to see what was happening outside", Singh said.

Additionally, in order to enhance the investigation procedure, a SIT was also formed to look into the case.

In a related development State Police Chief Dr S P Vaid last night ordered the transfer of SP (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat. "When the tourist season is at the peak in the valley and the holy Amarnath Yatra is going to start soon, a handful of people are indulging in such acts to convey the outside world that Kashmir is not a place to visit", the leader said. The government of Kashmir, for reasons of political expediency, has given the anti-India agitation a long rope and despite the presence of security forces the animosity of the locals against the government has increased. However, the morale of J&K police force is not affected by these type of incidents.

Witnesses said worshippers had spotted the policeman, Mohammed Pandit, at the mosque in plainclothes, taking photographs of people leaving shortly after midnight.

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