Police officer lynched, Mehbooba calls it 'murder of trust'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 24, 2017

Branding the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith as a "shameful" act, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that people should not test the patience of the forces, who use "restrain" in dealing with locals.

Terming the incident as "highly shameful", the Chief Minister said "what is unfortunate is that the said officer was posted at the grand mosque for its protection and for the facilitation, security and convenience of the devotees and who was killed during Shab i Qadr, the night of divine blessings and seeking Allah's forgiveness and His generosity". She then said: "The murder of this officer is actually a murder of trust".

The spokesperson also condemned those trying to drag Mirwaiz Omer Farooq into the controversy and added that "how is he responsible for something while he was in the mosque and if police force couldn't save their officer what has he has to do with the tragic incident".

"Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the finest police forces in the country". Khanyar is adjacent to the Jamia Masjid where he was killed.

A grim Director General of Police S.P. Vaid told reporters: "An officer being lynched by the very people he had gone to protect proves we have reached a stage where very little difference is left between humanity and barbarism".

The curbs under Section 144 preventing the gathering of five or more people at any place were imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safakadal and Maisuma police stations, a police officer said.

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