Srinagar, June 23: Jammu and Kashmir DGP S P  Vaid on Friday said two people were arrested in connection with the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandith in Srinagar. Talking to media persons after the wreath laying ceremony of Ayub Pandith, Vaid emphasised the people of Kashmir should distinguish between the good and the bad and people lynched the police officer who was deployed to secure their lives.[Also read: CM Mehbooba Mufti calls killing of DSP Mohammed Ayub Pandith shameful, warns mobs]Also Read - As India Detects Cases of Omicron Variant, States Issue Stern Guidelines For Travellers | Check SOPs Here

Holding miscreants responsible for the incident, Vaid was quoted by Greater Kashmir as saying, “Investigation is going on but initial reports suggest that some miscreants who were shouting slogans caught hold of DySP while he was coming out of the mosque after inspecting access control. They started beating and lynched him.” Also Read - Gunfight Breaks Out Between Security Forces And Terrorists In Pulwama

Separatist leader Mirwaiz Farooq, too, was criticised after he was found to be inside the mosque at the time of lynching. The police is reportedly also investigating if the lynching was planned and if Mirwaiz Farooq may have a role in it. Mirwaiz Farooq, while criticising the lynching, tweeted, “Deeply disturbed & condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta. Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion.” He has also denied being present at the mosque and said that he only reached after 12 midnight. Also Read - One Terrorist Killed During Encounter in J&K’s Kulgam, School Children Among 60 Rescued From Site

The lynching of Ayub Pandith was criticised by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Mufti said, “Nothing can be more shameful than to kill someone who works for the welfare of the people. The Jammu and Kashmir Police are showing maximum restraint as they are dealing with their own people, but for how long? Someday when they will lose their patience, then it would become very difficult for the people.”

Mufti further stressed that the Police were deployed to protect the lives of the locals, but if they continued behaving like this, then it’s possible that the past may return in which security forces use maximum force on people.

The deceased DSP was on surveillance and was allegedly clicking picture of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him. After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured.