Officer lynching: DCM visits family, CM discusses problem with governor

SRINAGAR: While the state police have set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the public lynching of a DySP rank police officer posted on access control duty in Jamia Masjid, there have been a couple of arrests as well. Police have decided to speed up the investigations so that the killers are brought to justice, sources said.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and other BJP ministers with the family of slain DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith. Photo: Information Department

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Saturday visited the house of late DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandit who was killed while performing  his  duties  in the  Jamia Masjid area in the Old  City Srinagar during Shab-e-Qadr.

He was accompanied by Minister for PHE and Irrigation Sham Choudhary, the Minister for Animal Husbandry Abdul Gani Kholi, Minister of State for Transport Sunil Sharma and senior officers of Police and Civil administration.

While interacting  with the bereaved family members  of the martyred policeman, the Deputy  Chief Minister said  that  the Government  will ensure that the people responsible  for the  barbaric  and  dastardly act  do not go scot free.  He said a special investigation team has been constituted which will soon ensure that the culprits responsible for this heinous act are brought to justice.

Dr Singh while  expressing  sympathies  with the  bereaved family  assured  them the Government  will provide  every possible  support to them and stands  by them in this  hour of  immense grief.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, met Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan today.

Chief Minister in a meeting with Governor N N Vohra. Photo: Information Department

Governor and Chief Minister discussed issues relating to the continuing attacks on Police personnel, including the most gruesome massacre of Ayoub Pandith DySP in the Jamia Masjid arena and what is required to be done to support the families of those who lay down their lives in the line of duty. Based on his earlier discussion with Union Home Minister the Governor also discussed with CM the urgent steps required to be taken to provide bullet proof vests and vehicles and other protective equipments required to the police officers working in the field.

Chief Minister briefed the Governor about the action under way to finalise the GST framework for enforcement in J&K. The two agreed that any delay in regard to this important matter would have serious adverse consequences for J&K’s economy and the welfare of its people.

Governor and Chief Minister also rapidly reviewed issues being faced in the educational arena and the possible steps for safeguarding the interests of youth, particularly the careers of school and college going students.

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