Srinagar: The National Conference expressed shock and anguish over the “dastardly and barbaric” killing of DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith and expressed solidarity with his family and colleagues.
In a statement, NC Working President Omar Abdullah demanded that the culprits be brought to book and be given the sternest possible punishment.
NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani and state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu attended the wreath-laying ceremony of the martyred police officer on behalf of the party.
Omar Abdullah also announced a donation of Rs 10 lakhs to the Police Welfare Fund on behalf of the National Conference and a donation of his one-month’s salary to the fund.
Abdullah said that the killing was the height of barbarism and should be condemned unequivocally by everyone. “I am personally anguished and devastated by this tragedy. That this happened on the most auspicious night and outside Jamia Masjid is shocking. Such heinous elements are the enemies of Kashmiriyat and humanity and should be given the sternest possible sentence as per the law of the land. We are all duty-bound to stand with the family of the martyred police officer and also the Police Department in this hour of mourning and grief”, he said.