On Friday, we had reported that Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was lynched to death by a mob in front of Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta in Srinagar during the wee hours of Friday.
In recent developments connected with the case, Jammu and Kashmir police has identified 12 persons in connection with the case, out of which 5 have already been arrested. Transfer orders of Sajad Khaliq Bhat, Superintendent of Police for north Srinagar, where the incident is reported to have taken place, have also been issued.
While speaking to media, DSP Mohammad Ayub’s family has said that they are grieved but not despondent by his death. His family said that they are Indians, and, will not give up.
The Director General of Police, S P Vaid, has promised not to spare the people behind the lynching. The DGP also said that the investigation is going on and things will be clear once the report is ready.
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. Sayeed also said that people should not test the patience of police, or else, the old times may return when people used to run away on seeing the police.
DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith was deputed in the protection of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. At the time the mob stripped DSP Mohammad Ayub and lynched him, Farooq was inside the mosque. The senior police officer was waiting for Farooq in civil clothing, clicking pictures of people coming out of the mosque.
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 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. The mutilated body of the cop was recovered by the police on Friday morning.