Kashmir cop’s lynching: 3 more arrested, police superintendent transferred
Deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnationindia Updated: Jun 24, 2017 12:46 IST
Three more persons allegedly involved in the mob lynching of deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ayub Pandith in Srinagar have been arrested, Jammu and Kashmir’s top cop said on Saturday. Police also shunted out a senior officer from the area where the incident took place
“We have identified 12 persons in connection with the case and five of them have been arrested,” director general of police SP Vaid told PTI.
A report by IANS quoted a Jammu and Kashmir Police spokesman as saying that a special investigation team (SIT) was formed on Saturday to expedite the probe into the lynching.
On Friday, the DGP had said two persons were arrested, while another one was identified. He said police have resolved not to spare the people behind the act. “It is the resolve of Jammu and Kashmir Police that we are not going to spare these rascals,” he said.
The DGP said investigation was on and everything would be clear once the report comes. “Let the investigation complete, then only we can say what has happened,” he said.
Asked whether moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was present in Jamia Masjid when the incident took place, Vaid said, “It is a matter of investigation.”
Meanwhile, in an order late Friday night, DGP Vaid ordered the transfer of superintendent of police (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat.
Nowhatta, where the lynching took place on Thursday night, falls under the jurisdiction of the North Srinagar SP.
Bhat, an additional SP rank officer, has been asked to report to the police headquarters.
Sajad Ahmad Shah, the additional SP (Traffic City), Srinagar, will look after the duties of the SP North Srinagar, the order read.
Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation.