Jammu & Kashmir, A deputy superintendent of police was stoned to death by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people outside Jamia Masjid, Srinagar in the early hours today.
The police officer has been identified as Mohammad Ayub Pandit, deputy superintendent in Security wing of police. He was on duty when the mob attacked him, a police spokesman said.
DGP S P Vaid termed the killing as sad and unfortunate.Another report said the irate mob of people caught him clicking pictures near Jamia Masjid in early hours today.
A Police statement said he was attacked and beaten to death by a mob at Nowhatta last night.Reports said the group of people caught hold the DySP in civvies outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta and thrashed him. Reports said the mob around him snatched his pistol and beat the police officer to death. The incident happened when Shab-e-Qadr prayers were under way in the historic mosque.
Meanwhile, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti while paying tributes to the police officer said “the crime of lynching is actually a murder of trust as the officer had allowed his guards to go home”. She said J&K police is one of the finest forces in the country who exercise maximum restraint while dealing with law and order situation.
The brutal lynching of DySP Md Ayub Pandith marks a new low. Pained beyond words at the horrific incident.
Heartbreaking to see J&K being pushed back several decades because of the complete failure of the PDP/BJP Govt