Jammu and Kashmir: Special investigation team takes up police officer lynching case

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Three people have been arrested this morning for the brutal killing of police officer Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob in Srinagar, taking the number of arrests in the case to five.

A senior police officer told that Friday's lynching has resulted in fear among the lower rungs of security forces.

Hundreds of relatives and sympathisers visited the family home of the slain police officer Mohd Ayub Pandith on Saturday as anger seemed to boil over the brutality of the bloodshed.

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.

He was allegedly clicking pictures of people while they were coming out of the mosque.

The details about the Kashmir's first ever lynching are still sketchy.

The lynching occurred outside Jamia Masjid, the main mosque in Srinagar, late Thursday during the celebrations of Laylat al Qadr, or "Night of Power", which commemorates the night the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

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.

People then called Officer Pandith a killer, Mr. Rashid said.

Witnesses said more people assembled and snatched his weapon while beating him to death.

On the instructions of the working president, NC's provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani and state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu attended the wreath-laying ceremony of the police officer on behalf of the party and paid tribute.

Police said they have arrested two people over the killing and identified one other. Three persons were also injured in the scuffle.

"All involved will face the law", J&K director-general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said. "But a few among those, for the security of whom he had been deployed there, lynched him".

Media reports said that an officer, in civvies, had gone outto see what happened when some people moved out of the grand mosque raising slogans as Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was expected to arrive at the mosque.

Nowhatta, where the lynching took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the SP, North Srinagar.

Eight policemen and an Army soldier, apart from six civilians and 27 militants, have been killed here during the month of June so far.

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