Srinagar: Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday condemned the lynching of police officer Mohammad Ayub Pandith, saying the act is beyond values and religion of Islam.
“Deeply disturbed & condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta.Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion,” he said on twitter.
“We cannot allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values,” Farooq said.
The slain police officer was reportedly providing security to the separatist leader.
A mob had beaten to death Pandith, a Deputy Supereintendent of Jammu and Kashmir police outside the landmark Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Thursday.
He was posted on an anti-sabotage duty outside the mosque when the mob attacked him.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid said that two people have been arrested and third person has been identified regarding the lynching of the police officer.
“One needs to make people understand what is good and what is bad. The person who was lynched was in fact doing his duty to protect them,” the DGP said on twitter.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti attended the funeral of the officer.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also took to Twitter to condemn the death of the police officer.
“His death is a tragedy & the manner of his death a travesty. May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins,” Abdullah said.
–India Blooms News Service