Rahul Gandhi: Cop lynching marks a new low for J&K Govt

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Rahul Gandhi condemned the lynching of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith and said it marks a new low.

Congress VP Rahul Gandhi
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday condemned the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammad Ayub Pandith and said it marks a new low.

"The brutal lynching of DySP Md Ayub Pandith marks a new low. Pained beyond words at the horrific incident," Rahul tweeted.

He said it is heartbreaking to see Jammu and Kashmir being pushed back several decades because of the complete failure of the PDP-BJP Government.

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Condemning the brutal lynching of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday stated that the brutal act was against both tIslam and humanity.

"The way the DSP was lynched to death was so shameful. Killing a person in the holy month of Ramzan is condemnable. If the mob was suspicious about the identity of that person, then they should have informed the police instead of taking law in their hand. Such thing is against both the Islam and the humanity," Azad said.

Echoing similar sentiments, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of the state to not test the patience of the security forces, who use restrain in dealing with locals.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammad Ayub Pandith

Last night, Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar.

The deceased DSP was aon surveillance and was allegedly clicking pictures of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him.

After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured.

The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life.

Police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter.

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Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said two people have been arrested and a third person has been identified in connection with the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith.

"Two people have been arrested so far in this incident and third one has been identified. The rest culprits will also have to face the law. According to the reports, when he was coming out of the mosque, people started raising slogans and started hitting him resulting in his death," Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S. P. Vaid told media here.

He added that the DSP was posted outside the mosque for the security of the people so that they could offer prayers without any hindrance.

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"A few people who were standing outside the mosque lynched him. This is a very unfortunate act. There seems to be a sheer difference between humanity and cruelty. People need to understand what is wrong. Further investigation is underway," Vaid said. (ANI)

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