SIT to probe DSP's lynching

"Two of the arrested persons are those who were injured in the firing at the time of lynching", Vaid added.

After the gruesome lynching of a police officer drew outrage across the valley, the police on Saturday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the barbaric incident even as three more persons have been arrested.

Police also transferred SP north City, Sajad Khaliq Bhat following the lynching of Pandith and asked him to report the police headquarters.

Pandith was lynched to death by a mob in Nowhatta on Friday night near Jamia Masjid after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque.

The incident reportedly occurred while separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was offering prayers at the Jamia Masjid and was to make a speech later. The "most urgent" communication, advises senior officers to "instruct the field and subordinate formation" not to offer Eid prayers in isolated or general mosques or Eidgahs (prayer ground), the newspaper said. Earlier, the state police chief asked his men to avoid visiting their hometowns "for the next few months".

He said Pandith had confidence in local people and he left his driver and PSO near the mosque after telling them to observe Shab-e-Qadr.

"The other police personnel of security wing were deployed inside the compound for security objective".

Additionally, in order to enhance the investigation procedure, a SIT was also formed to look into the case. "Police is taking all steps to prevent such incidents".

Five of the 12 persons identified in connection with the crime had been arrested, state Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said.

Over the past year the violence has increasingly drawn in civilians, with young students holding mass protests and whole communities coming out to throw stones at government forces engaged in anti-militant operations.

He said police has resolved not to spare the people behind the act.

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