NEW DELHI: At Least 20 people detained by Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday for allegedly killing Srinagar police official Ayub Pandith in June.
Other accused are likely to be detained soon, Munir Khan, inspector general, Kashmir stated.
“The killing of deputy superintendent of police Ayub Pandith was a very solemn matter and the first of its type in Srinagar,” Khan stated.
“Probe in the matter is currently going on,” he added.
In July, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sajid Ahmad Gilkar died in the violence that took place in Srinagar. On July 12, Gilkar and his members Aaqib Gul and Javaid Ahmad Shiekh died in the gunfiring with security forces in the Redbugh area of Budgam.
A group of people carrying out protest in the valley on June 22 attacked Pandith in front of Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid on Shab-e-Qadr.
“Gilkar played a key role in the lynching of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith of the security wing,” a police spokesman stated.
The 57-year-old police official was a piece of the security network sent for fans going to the night-long petitions which were driven by the mosque’s overseer, Kashmiri separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Around midnight, an immense horde assembled outside, raising mottos hailing Pakistan and al-Qaida agent Zakir Musa.
Pandith, who was wearing non military personnel attire, began shooting a video of the sloganeering, observers said. The crowd started to mishandle him and fell on him with clench hands. Pandith endeavored to escape by discharging shots from his administration gun, yet he was overwhelmed, stripped and hit with stones, sharp weapons and logs till he fallen, dead.