SRINAGAR: “To nab all the criminals involved in the incident, the head of special investigating team has requested that anyone having any knowledge/clue regarding the incident may please attend the office of SP City North Srinagar or call on 0194-2453214, 9419140715 and9596770664. The name and particulars of the said person/persons shall remain confidential,” reads a statement issued by the police special investigation team (SIT) that is investigating the case of the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Mohammad Ayoub Pandith outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta on night of Shab-e-Qadr on June 23.
SP North City Srinagar, Sajad Shah, who is heading the special investigation team, told Kashmir Reader that “sane-minded people” will assist the police in identifying the men who lynched Pandith to death.
Police have already made several arrests, including the youths who sustained bullet injuries when the slain DySP opened fire from his pistol in self-defence.
“The investigations are going on and we believe that those people who are disturbed by the incident and know anything about this will definitely come forward to help police in identifying the killers,” the SP said.
Sources said that police have taken into custody dozens of known stone-pelters in downtown areas to question them on the police officer’s killing.
Without divulging details of these arrests, the SP said that police have sought the public’s help in the case. “I can’t tell you how many have been arrested so far, as divulging of details can hamper the investigation process,” he said. “As witnessed in past also, police hopes that people who know anything about this case will come forward to help us to solve the case soon.”
Police in their statement informed the public that DySP Mohammad Ayoub, resident of Nowpora Khanyar, Srinagar, was on access control duty at Jamia Masjid Nowhatta when he was cornered by an unlawful assembly of people and was lynched to death.
In this regard, a case under Section 302 RPC was registered and investigation was taken up. To speed up the investigation process, a special investigating team was also constituted, the police statement informed.