DySP lynching case; 20 held so far: IG Munir Khan

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested 20 persons in connection with the mob lynching of DSP Mohd Ayub Pandith in Srinagar last month, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Munir Khan said on Monday. 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.

The IG said that during the investigation, the police found that four miscreants, including Gilkar, played a major role in instigating the mob against Pandit.

Divulging details about the horrific lynching incident, the IG said, that when the crowd was coming out of the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area, many were raising slogans in favour of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa, and some were preparing to welcome separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Khan also ruled out any possibility of dereliction of duty by the police in the case and said apart from the darkness and the noise, no one knew of Pandith's identity.

"The case is going on expeditiously and effectively". The investigation is still on absolutely in the right manner.

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The incident received widespread condemnation across all sections of the society.

DSP Ayub Pandith was on security duty and was coordinating with his men, a group of people countered him and asked him to prove his identity, which he resisted to.

"After their custodial questioning and recovery of evidence, 20 people were arrested in the crime", he said. The officer fired some shots from his service rifle below the waistline causing injury to three assailants who were in the immediate proximity and were heckling him.

Mirwaiz, Khan said could be questioned 'if need arises'. A Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a senior police officer, has been formed to probe the attack and submit its report on a fast-track basis.

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