Cops asked to avoid Eid prayers in public places

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The police had said the mob attacked the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Security) after spotting him behaving suspiciously outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta locality during congregational prayers at the mosque, NDTV reported.

A Special Investigation Team, headed by a senior police officer, has been formed to investigate the lynching and submit its report on a fast-track basis, officials said.

"Although she (Mehbooba) was very hard in her statement against the attack on police, we have got the signal not to act severely against the wrong-doers, even local militants because of political reasons", the officer said.

Police said they have arrested two people over the killing and identified one other.

The SIT has been constituted for speedy investigation into the murder of the senior police officer.

Police has arrested three more persons in connection to the case of lynching of DySP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith on Saturday. Two were arrested immediately after the incident while three more persons were arrested today.

On Friday night, Superintendent of Police (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat, who was in charge of downtown Srinagar, where DSP Pandith was killed, was transferred. Earlier, the state police chief asked his men to avoid visiting their hometowns "for the next few months". Pandith was on frisking duty outside the Jamia Masjid and was reportedly clicking pictures of people coming out of the mosque.

Police personnel have been advised to offer prayers in mosques in district police lines or protected mosques.

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

The lynching to death of the police officer is a first. and this has not happened in the past.

The incident occurred at Bata Chowk, which is far from the point where armed policemen and personnel of security wing were on duty.

Additionally, in order to enhance the investigation procedure, a SIT was also formed to look into the case.

The incident followed clashes between residents and government forces in the area.

"These are attempts to demoralise the police force".

"Police also fired teargas shells on the youth present there to take over the body", said an eyewitness.

When asked whether the lynching of Dy SP Pandith was pre-planned, DGP said, "The investigation is going on".