SIT set up to probe lynching of police officer in Srinagar; five persons arrested

In Jammu & Kashmir, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed for the speedy investigation in the mob lynching of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith in Srinagar. A senior police official told media that police have identified 12 persons in this connection and five of them have been arrested. More arrests could be made in the case.
In a related development State Police Chief Dr S P Vaid last night ordered the transfer of SP (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat.
The lyching and murder has triggered outrage and condemnation across Kashmir. The Governor and the Chief Minister condemned the act and expressed deep anguish against the brutal act.
Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also expressed profound sadness over the incident and said that mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of muslim values and religion.
National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah also condemned the heinous killing and expressed shock and anguish.
DSP Pandit was allegedly beaten to death outside Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar during intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Kakapora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the third consecutive day today following the killing of three local LeT terrorists on Thursday.
Senior separatist leader and JKLF Chief Yasin Malik was arrested from his Maisuma residence in Srinagar today.

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