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Jamia Masjid incident: ‘We cannot allow state brutality to snatch our humanity,’ tweets Mirwaiz

Screenshot of tweet of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Srinagar: Deeply disturbed by the incident in which a Jammu and Kashmir police officer was killed during Shab-e-Qadr, Hurriyat Conference (M) chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday condemned the “brutal act at Nowhatta”.

A deputy superintendent rank officer of police was killed when he opened fire on a group of people who objected to his suspicious activities around historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar during the intervening night of June 22 and 23.

Muslims across Kashmir were observing Shab-e-Qadr (night of power) when the incident took place. Mirwaiz was leading prayers inside the Jamia Masjid located in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar.

J&K Police identified the slain person as Dy SP Muhammad Ayoub Pandith, who lived in Nowpora area of Srinagar.

“…Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion….,” Mirwaiz wrote on micro-blogging social networking site, Twitter.

However, in another tweet which he wrote a minute later from the first one, he added, “We cannot allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values.”

Pandith took out pistol from his pocket when people questioned his presence. Three civilians were injured in the action who were rushed to hospital.

Muhammad Ayoub Pandith, the slain J&K Police Dy SP.

Later, when news reached police about the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the area. The cops opened fire in air to disperse the protestors and took custody of the dead body of Pandith which lied in Police Control Room Srinagar till wreath laying ceremony till this morning.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti denounced the killing of the officer and said that the “crime was a murder of trust”.

Paying tributes to Pandith, she said: “The murder is actually a murder of trust. The officer had allowed his guards to go home.”

“Jammu and Kashmir has one of the finest police forces who exercise maximum restraint while dealing with law and order situation,” she added.

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