SRINAGAR: A court in Srinagar on Thursday rejected the bail plea of three juveniles accused by police of lynching Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta in June this year.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, rejected the plea after hearing the public prosecutor and the defence counsel.
The trio (name withheld as mandated in Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act), all residents of downtown Srinagar, had moved the bail application through their counsel, Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Dar.
The public prosecutor in his opposition to the bail plea pleaded that allegations against the accused trio were grave, serious and heinous in nature.
“The three boys are the main accused in the case, as they were the persons who asked the deceased DSP to show his identity card. Their act is so heinous that they don’t deserve the bail,” the public prosecutor told the court.
He argued that the offence committed by the trio was not accidental, as the deceased DSP was first stopped and then assaulted by the mob.
Defence lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad Dar argued in favour of the bail. After hearing both sides, the court rejected the bail plea.
The three juveniles are presently lodged at the Juvenile Home in Harwan, Srinagar.
Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar on the night of Shab-e-Qadar, an act that led to widespread outrage in Kashmir. Before he was killed, Pandith had opened fire through his service pistol in defence.
An FIR, number 51/2017, was registered in police station Nowhatta for the killing. More than a dozen youths have been arrested and booked for murder charges.
The J&K Police also constituted a special investigation team (SIT), headed by Superintendent of Police Sajjad Shah, for speedy investigation into the killing.
IGP Kashmir Muneer Khan had said in a press conference that one of the accused, Sajad Ahmed Gilkar, a resident of Nowhatta, was killed in an encounter in Budgam on July 12. Khan said that Gilkar joined militancy a few days after the lynching of the DySP, but Gilkar’s family and his friends have contested the police claim saying Sajad was never involved in militancy.