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SIT to probe DSP's lynching

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Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith

"An SIT headed by an officer of the rank of superintendent of police has been formed for speedy investigation of the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22", a police official said.

While two persons were arrested yesterday, three more have been picked up since.

The police had said the mob attacked the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Security) after spotting him behaving suspiciously outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta locality during congregational prayers at the mosque, NDTV reported. Pandith was on frisking duty outside the Jamia Masjid and was reportedly clicking pictures of people coming out of the mosque.

Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid here, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation.

The Director General of Police, S P Vaid, has promised not to spare the people behind the lynching.

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Ms Mufti, calling the incident "shameful", wondered how long the police would show restraint as she warned that there could be a backlash if the force loses patience.

"We demand setting up of fast-track special court to punish the culprits involved in the heinous crime against humanity and murder of the DSP", he said.

A senior policeman said the officer, surrounded by the mob, appeared to have pulled out his service revolver in self defence as a last resort, but even as he stared death in the face he took care to shoot only at his attackers' legs, injuring three.

"He termed the deceased DSP as a fearless and honest officer "whose children are unmarried and family is in a state of shock". "May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins", he wrote on Twitter.

Malik along with Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been spearheading anti-India movement in the Kashmir Valley for quite some time.

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