SIT to probe DySP's lynching

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Director General of Police SP Vaid informed that two out of the three men involved in Pandit's murder had been arrested.

Asked whether moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was present in Jamia Masjid when the incident took place, Vaid said, "It is a matter of investigation".

Dy. SP Pandith was lynched near the Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area of J-K on Thursday after he allegedly opened fire on a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque.

"They killed someone who was on duty to protect them".

He drew out his pistol and fired, injuring three, as his colleague fled the scene, they said. 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.

"Some youths at that point immediately pounced on him, snatched his weapon and more people came and started beating him up", a witness told AFP, declining to give his name.

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A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed for speedy investigation in the case, police said.

"Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion".

Year 2016 has seen frequent clashes between security forces and civilian protesters. The incident seems to have happened for the first time in the Kashmir valley. "We can not allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values", he tweeted.

Meanwhile, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti called on Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan and discussed continued attacks on police personnel in the valley, following the lynching of the police officer.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, and a separatist movement against Indian rule has raged for decades in the Indian part of it.

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