Jammu, July 24, 2017: Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday confirmed that they have held as many as 20 people accused in the lynching of DSP Ayub Pandith last month and more arrests are expected to be made soon.
Speaking at a press conference, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Munir Khan confirmed that 20 people have been arrested in connection with Pandit lynching case.
The lynching of deputy superintendent of police was a very serious incident and the first of its kind in the Valley,” said Khan, about the June 22 incident in Srinagar and added that “Investigation in the case going on expeditiously and effectively.”
One of the accused, Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sajid Ahmad Gilkar, was killed in an encounter earlier this month. Gilkar and his associates Aaqib Gul and Javaid Ahmad Shiekh were killed in an overnight gunbattle with security forces in the Redbugh area of Budgam on July 12.
“Gilkar played a key role in the lynching of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith of the security wing,” a police spokesman said on July 12, the day Gilkar was killed.
On June 22, an angry mob in Srinagar lynched a senior police officer when they caught him clicking photographs of people coming out of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old City in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar.
The body of DSP was recovered next morning from outside the Jamia Masjid where he was attacked.