In a press conference on Monday, Munir Khan, Inspector General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, said that 20 people accused of lynching Srinagar’s Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Ayub Pandith, have been arrested.
On June 23, 2017, we had reported that Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was lynched by a mob in front of Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta in Srinagar during the wee hours of Friday. He tried to protect himself by firing shots with his service pistol but was overpowered, stripped and stoned to death by the huge mob.
The 57-year old policeman was deputed in security of Separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who at that time, was inside Jamia Masjid, while Ayub Pandith was clicking pictures outside the mosque.
Pandith was in his casuals as J&K police officers on frisking duty do not wear uniform. He was accompanied by security guards who fled before the unusually large mob attacked the police officer.
Later, while speaking to media, DSP Pandith’s family had stated that they were grieved but not despondent by his death and the Director General of Police, S P Vaid, had promised not to spare the people behind the lynching.
Now as 20 arrests have been made in the case, IG Munir Khan has said that the lynching of DSP Ayub Pandith was very serious and the first of its kind in the valley of Kashmir. He further said that investigation into the case is going on “expeditiously and effectively”.
One of the accused, Sajid Ahmad Gilkar, a terrorist of Hizbul Mujahideen, along with his two associates died in an encounter on July 12 in Budgam district of the state. According to the police, Gilkar had played a key role in DSP Pandith’s lynching.
A special investigation team was also constituted which carried out the probe under the leadership of SP Nath.
IG Munir Khan said that the police expect to arrest more people accused in the case soon.