New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy today urged the central government to revoke the security provided to Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in the wake of killing of deputy superintendent of police by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
Speaking to ANI, Swamy said, “Police security is given by the state for those who take a stand against the militants. But these people here are the militants, so I think there is no logic in giving them security on the tax payers money.”
Several media groups claimed today that separatist Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz was present inside the mosque, a report denied by the separatist leader.
“The media is reporting falsely that when the incident happened, I was present inside the mosque. I reached the mosque at 12.15 a.m., while the incident had happened before that,” he said in a press release.
“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.
DSP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith was stripped and stoned to death by the mob at around 12.30 AM today when he was caught allegedly clicking pictures of the people coming out of the mosque after ‘Shab-e-qadr’ prayers, police sources said.
When the mob attacked the 57-year-old police officer, he opened fire from his pistol, injuring three persons.
Hailing from nearby Navpora area, Pandith was beaten up so badly that he could not be identified for quite some time, the sources said.
He is survived by a wife, son and a daughter.
Quoting preliminary investigation, the police chief said the mob attacked the DSP when he was coming out of the mosque after checking the access control.