Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the lynching of DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith at the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta on Thursday night. “I am deeply disturbed by this brutal act. Mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of our values and religion,” Mirwaiz said.
In a statement issued on Friday, Mirwaiz said that “the violence that the state has wreaked on us is largely responsible for this kind of brutalisation, as the police is being used against the people in the most brutal ways, which leads to brutal reactions.”
He said, “It is very important and imperative for us that we do not allow our social fabric to be brutalised and keep our basic values intact. We cannot allow state brutality snatch our humanity and values. What will be the difference between them and us then? Such incidents are detrimental for our movement and our just freedom struggle.”
Mirwaiz also said that “As usual, the Indian propaganda media mill has found grist in this sad death to further its propaganda against the resistance leadership and the movement. They are even reporting falsely that when the incident happened I was present in the mosque. I reached the mosque at 12:15am while the incident had happened before that.”