Mehbooba Mufti
In picture: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti pays tribute to Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandit who was lynched outside a mosque in Srinagar on June 23, 2017.IANS File Photo

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday said it has arrested 20 persons accused in the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ayub Pandith that happened over a month ago.

Pandith was lynched on June 23 by a mob outside the city's biggest mosque in Nowhatta area where he was deployed to regulate the entry of devotees.

"The 20 main accused involved in the lynching of the officer have been arrested and more arrests are likely in the coming days," Inspector General of Police Munir Ahmad Khan told the media here.

"The investigation is ongoing and the hunt for the mastermind is on," he said, adding that the belongings of the slain officer were recovered from the accused.

Khan said one of the persons involved in the lynching, Sajad Ahmad Gilkar, was killed by security forces on July 12 in Redbugh village of Badgam district.

He, however, said the murder of the officer was a spontaneous act and did not look like a pre-planned one.

He said the involvement of senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in the killing was under the scanner.

The Mirwaiz had delivered a sermon inside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area on July 23 as it was the holy night of "Shab-e-Qadr."