A senior officer was lynched to death in Srinagar on the night of June 22, as officials confirmed the report the following day. The victim Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ayub Pandith was found dead outside the Jamia Masjid in the old area of Nowhatta. Ayub hailed from Khanyar. This happened after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque.
ANI has reported that around midnight, the deceased was making a video of stone pelting by locals, and while objecting to it, the mobs attacked him. In his defense, the cop used his service pistol in self-defence, leading to a more chaotic situation. Shockingly, the incident took place during the holiest night of the Muslim calendar, known as the ‘Shab-e-Qadr’. A curfew was imposed in the area shortly after the attack as police rushed to ensure normalcy.
Jammu and Kashmir police in a statement said, “Another police officer sacrificed his life in the line of duty. DySP Mohammed Ayub Pandith of Security attacked and beaten to death by a mob at Nowhatta last night.”
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed her grief over the incident. “What could be more shameful than this episode…He (Pandith) was there to protect the life of the people. Police are exercising maximum restraint, people must understand,” Mehbooba said.
The leader of the opposition and former J&K Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad called this incident shameful. “The way the DSP was lynched to death was so shameful. Killing a person in the holy month of Ramzan is condemnable. Such a thing is against both Islam and humanity,” Azad said.