Lynching of policeman shameful: Mehbooba

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today termed as “shameful” the mob lynching of a police officer outside the Jama Masjid in downtown Srinagar and warned people of severe backlash if the police loses its patience.
J-K Police, she said, is one of the best police forces in the country and is showing maximum restraint.
“What can be more shameful than this (lynching of officer). I want to say that J-K police is one of the best police forces in the country, they are brave but they are showing maximum restraint (while dealing with law and order situation) because they feel that they are dealing with their own people in J-K.
“But, for how long? she told reporters on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of the slain officer here.
“The day their patience wanes away, then, I believe, things will be difficult. I appeal the people that there is still time and we should understand. The police force is our own force, they are our children and such a treatment is shameful,” the Chief Minister said.
A mob attacked Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Mohammad Ayub Pandith when he was coming out of the mosque after checking access control.
Mehbooba said the officer had not gone to the mosque for personal work but was there to protect the lives of the people and fulfil his duty.
“A SHO along with five cops was killed some days back and now this DySP…I appeal to the people that this is a shameful incident, that those who protect you, show patience while dealing with you, but if you behave like this with them, then if they lose their patience, then God forbid, such a time will come when people have to flee after seeing a (police) gypsy on the road,” she said.
Terming the incident as highly shameful, the Chief Minister said what is unfortunate is that the said officer was posted at the grand mosque for its protection and for the facilitation, security and convenience of the devotees and who was killed during Shab i Qadr, the night of divine blessings and seeking Allah’s forgiveness and His generosity.
By this act of cowardice, the Chief Minister said the perpetrators have brought disrepute to the tolerant and accommodative nature of Kashmiri people.
Later, the Chief Minister visited District Police Lines, Srinagar where she laid floral wreath on the body of late Mohammad Ayub Pandit.
She interacted with the officers of JK Police and family members of the DySP and consoled them on his killing.