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Anger Kills

Both the police and the people are furious with each other

Fayaz Bukhari
 

The lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mohammad Ayub Pandith, in Jamia Majid area of Srinagar, brings to the fore the growing anger against the police in Kashmir. Years of excessive use of force by the police has turned the people, especially the youth, against them. Till now, mob lynching was unheard of in the Valley but this incident proves that people can go to any extent.

Senior police officials carry slain DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith
Senior police officials carry slain DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith

This year 16 – the highest since 1988 when militancy began – policemen were killed by militants. This is the latest in targeting policemen who have been at the forefront of fighting militancy and stone-pelting mobs. Families of most local militants accuse police of excesses against them and hold them the primary reason behind the youth joining militants.

Pandith was killed when a group of youngsters, who became suspicious of his activities at the main entrance of Jamia Masjid on the night of Shab-e-Qadr - the most auspicious night for Muslims - intercepted him. The police, however, said he was doing access control when the mob targeted him. The lynching led to an outrage. Even Hurriyat Conference’s Mirwaiz Umar Farooq strongly condemned it. “The incident that happened in Nowhatta outside the Jamia Masjid is the most unfortunate. I am deeply disturbed by this brutal act. Mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of our values and religion,” he said. He held the State responsible for the brutalisation. “The violence that the State has wreaked on us is largely responsible for this kind of brutalisation, as the police are being used against the people in the most brutal ways which leads to strong reactions,” he added.

 
 
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