Srinagar: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Range, Munir Khan Monday said that that 20 people have been arrested in connection with the lynching of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandit so far. He added that one of the accused was killed in an encounter in Budgam on July 12.
Khan was addressing a press conference in Srinagar.
He described the lynching of Pandit as “serious” and the “first of its kind” in the Valley. Khan said investigations were going on expeditiously.
Pandit, who was posted outside the Jamia Masjid Srinagar in Nowhatta, on June 23 was lynched to death by a mob. Pandit had opened fire in his defence, wounding three people.
“Investigation in the case is going on expeditiously and effectively. 20 of the accused have been arrested and more arrests will be made soon,”Munir Khan said.
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.