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3 more held for DSP’s lynching

SIT formed for speeding up probe25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

SRINAGAR: As heads started rolling in the police officer’s lynching, the J&K Police have gone into overdrive and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the incident.

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Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 24

As heads started rolling in the police officer’s lynching, the J&K Police have gone into overdrive and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the incident.

The police said it had identified 12 persons who were involved in the incident and arrested five of them so far.

“We arrested three more persons in the case. With this, so far five persons have been arrested,” J&K Police chief Shesh Paul Vaid told The Tribune. “The investigation is going on at full speed,” he said.

DSP (Security wing) Mohammed Ayub Pandith, 57, was stripped and lynched outside Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area of the old city when people were observing Shab-e-Qadr (night of power) and had gathered for congregational prayers. Witnesses had said the officer was taken as a spy after he pulled out his service revolver and fired at the mob injuring three persons, when they attacked him. The lynching of the officer who also hailed from the old city has triggered an outrage.

On Friday night, Superintendent of Police, North City, Sajad Khaliq Bhat, was shifted and a new SP was posted in the area. Top government sources said there was delayed intervention on the part of the local police when a mob of over 200 people lynched the officer outside the mosque. The Police Control Room, Srinagar, had also received distress calls from Nowhatta informing them that the mob was attacking an unknown person.

Meanwhile, the police have constituted the SIT for speeding up investigation in the case.

The SIT, headed by the SP, North, will examine witnesses and sequence of events to trace the accused. Police sources said many people had recorded the lynching in their mobiles, but so far no video had surfaced on the social media.

In a related development, the family members of Danish Mir, who was injured when Pandith opened fire, claimed that he was arrested from the hospital where he was undergoing treatment.

Guv, CM discuss attacks on policemen

A day after the gruesome killing of a DSP in Srinagar, Governor NN Vohra on Saturday held an emergency meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to discuss the issues related to the continuing attacks on the police personnel. They discussed the gruesome massacre of DSP Ayub Pandith in the Jamia Masjid area and the steps required to support the families of the martyrs. Based on his earlier discussion with Union Home Minister, the Governor also discussed with CM the urgent steps required to be taken to provide bulletproof vests and vehicles and other protective equipment required to the police officers working in the field. TNS

Mirwaiz sends team to meet cop’s kin

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under house arrest, on Saturday deputed a two-member delegation of his party to offer condolences to the bereaved family of the slain DSP, who was lynched by an unruly mob in the Jamia Mosque area in the Nowhatta early Friday night. A statement from Hurriyat said: “The delegation led by Advocate Yasir Dalal and Muhammad Shafi Khan condoled the sad demise of the slain DSP.” Mirwaiz had earlier tweeted: “It is the most unfortunate incident. I am deeply disturbed by this brutal act. Mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of our values and religion.” TNS

3 more held for DSP’s lynchingGovernor NN Vohra with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar on Saturday. Tribune Photo

BJP demands setting up of special court

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

JAMMU: The BJP has demanded setting up of a special court for DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith who was brutally lynched by mob outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Friday.

2 Rajouri youths get ‘offer’ of Rs 1,000 per day for throwing stones; accused held

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

JAMMU: In a startling revelation, two Muslim youths from the Sunderbani area of Rajouri district have exposed the Kashmir valley’s insidious villains as they claimed that they have been allegedly offered Rs 1,000 per day each (Rs 30,000 a month) for stoking trouble in the valley.

Vohra briefed on border security situation

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

SRINAGAR: Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, Northern Command chief, accompanied by Lt Gen JS Sandhu, GOC of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, called on Governor NN Vohra here today.

Poonch attack: Pakistan’s BAT carried special daggers, cameras

Poonch attack: Pakistan’s BAT carried special daggers, cameras

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

JAMMU: Pakistan’s notorious Border Action Team (BAT), which carried out a deadly attack on a patrol of the Indian Army after crossing the Line of Control (LoC) in the KG Sector of Poonch, was armed with special daggers and headband cameras to videograph the strike on June 22.

Presidential order likely on GST extension to J&K

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

JAMMU: To save the state from fiscal chaos and constitutional crisis, the PDP-BJP coalition government is likely to ask the Centre to issue a presidential order to extend the GST to J&K.

All-party panel meet on GST inconclusive

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

SRINAGAR: The first meeting of the all-party panel to discuss extension of the goods and services tax (GST) to J&K remained inconclusive today while the National Conference and the Congress stayed away from it, claiming “non-serious attitude” of the coalition government.

Reintroduce Punjabi as compulsory subject in state schools: Sikhs

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

JAMMU: The J&K Gurdwara Parbandhak Board has condemned the alleged neglect of Punjabi language in the state.

Dy CM deceiving people on new tax regime: Congress

25 Jun 2017 | 12:26 AM

JAMMU: Taking a dig at the ruling BJP for its failure to extend the GST in J&K, the Congress today accused Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh of hoodwinking people on the issue.

CRPF officer killed, 2 injured in Lashkar attack in Srinagar

CRPF officer killed, 2 injured in Lashkar attack in Srinagar

25 Jun 2017 | 1:45 AM

SRINAGAR: An officer of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was killed and two jawans were injured in a militant ambush at Srinagar outskirts along Srinagar Jammu highway on Saturday. Lashkar-e-Toiba has owned up the attack.

JKLF chief Yasin Malik taken in preventive custody

24 Jun 2017 | 1:13 PM

SRINAGAR: The police on Saturday detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik from his residence here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pak's BAT team carried daggers, cameras to record terror attack

Pak's BAT team carried daggers, cameras to record terror attack

25 Jun 2017 | 1:45 AM

JAMMU: The Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT), which attacked an Indian Army patrol after crossing the LoC, was made up of special forces men and terrorists who were armed with special daggers and headband cameras for recording the strike in Poonch district.

DSP’s lynching in J&K: Three more arrested

24 Jun 2017 | 1:30 PM

SRINAGAR: Three more people allegedly involved in the mob lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith in Srinagar had been arrested, Jammu and Kashmir’s top cop said here on Saturday.

J&K lynching: 5 of 12 identified held, SP transferred

J&K lynching: 5 of 12 identified held, SP transferred

25 Jun 2017 | 1:45 AM

SRINAGAR: Five persons were arrested and a senior official shunted after a mob lynched a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Jammu and Kashmir police outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar's Nowhatta area on Thursday night.

DSP lynched outside Srinagar Jamia Masjid

DSP lynched outside Srinagar Jamia Masjid

24 Jun 2017 | 10:13 AM

SRINAGAR:A senior Jammu and Kashmir Police officer, who was part of security arrangements at the local Jamia Masjid for separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s address, was lynched by an unruly mob outside the grand mosque last night.

Deputy CM invites CCI members to discuss GST

Deputy CM invites CCI members to discuss GST

24 Jun 2017 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU: In a face-saving exercise, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today invited a delegation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) for a meeting to discuss Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Article 370 anti-people, says Sangh Parivar

24 Jun 2017 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU: Amid widening of differences with the PDP on peace initiatives and the GST issue, the Sangh Parivar today confronted Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti by dubbing Article 370 as anti-people and Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution as the “biggest constitutional fraud.

Shias protest killing of innocent people by ISIS

24 Jun 2017 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU: Shia Muslims protested against the killing of innocent people by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the two countries and policies of Israel against people of Palestine.

Over 50 screened for diabetes, kidney ailments

24 Jun 2017 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU: The Fortis Escorts Heart Institute today organised a camp at Shri Durga Dass Memorial Hospital, Channi Himmat, to screen patients.

Give security to Amarnath pilgrims, govt urged

24 Jun 2017 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU: The Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) today demanded action against Hurriyat Conference leaders who were allegedly inciting violence against the Army.

Govt to hire experts to improve urban infra

24 Jun 2017 | 12:46 AM

JAMMU: After overlooking illegal construction and faulty development for decades, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has now decided to hire experts to correct and redevelop urban infrastructure facilities in the two capital cities.

J&K police officer lynched outside mosque in Srinagar

J&K police officer lynched outside mosque in Srinagar

23 Jun 2017 | 9:44 AM

SRINAGAR: A police officer was lynched to death by an unruly mob outside Srinagar city’s grand mosque in the wee hours of Friday. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammad Ayoub Pandit was on security duty in the area.

Three militants killed, Army officer injured in Kashmir

Three militants killed, Army officer injured in Kashmir

22 Jun 2017 | 8:11 AM

SRINAGAR: Three local Lashker-e-Toiba militants were killed and an Army officer was injured in an overnight gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A protester was later killed and scores of others were injured in clashes that erupted in Pulwama following the killing of the militants.

2 jawans killed in Pak's BAT attack in Poonch; intruder gunned down

2 jawans killed in Pak's BAT attack in Poonch; intruder gunned down

22 Jun 2017 | 7:21 PM

JAMMU: Pakistani troops on Thursday carried out an attack 600 metre inside the Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killing two jawans and losing one of their men in the retaliatory action. The Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan carried out the attack at around 2 pm.

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