Srinagar: The state government has appointed two Special Public Prosecutors to conduct the case involving alleged lynching of Deputy SP Ayub Pandith at Jamia Masjid in Old city area of Nowhatta last year.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-Section (1) of section 492 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Samvat 1989, the Government hereby appoint Aijaz Ahmad Wani, CPO and Riyaz Ahmad Sr. PO Saddar Court Srinagar as Special Public Prosecutors to conduct the case FIR No. 51/2017 P/S Nowhatta involving offences punishable under section 302,148,392,341 RPC 13 ULA(P) Act pending adjudication before the court of 4th Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar,” reads an SRO issued here by the state’s law department on February 27.
Police have filed charge sheet against 24 accused including a young militant Sajad Ahmad Gilkar who was killed in an encounter with government forces on June 12 last year.
According to the police, 23 accused have been arrested and three of them include juveniles who are presently out on bail. “One of the accused, Sajad Ahmad Gilkar, was killed in an encounter in Redbugh village of Budgam on July 12, 2017. His name has been mentioned in the charge-sheet,” he said.
All the accused have been charged under sections 302, 148, 149, 341 RPC and 13 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The police had said that Pandith was in Jamia Masjid to protect the locals and Hurriyat Conference chairman Molvi Umar Farooq at the time of the incident.