DSP Mohammad Ayub lynched outside Kashmir’s Jamia Masjid: What has happened so far

CM Mehbooba Mufti issued a warning saying that the day the police loses patience it will be difficult to control them. She also urged people to understand the situation and said that the officer had not gone to Mosque for his personal work but to protect the lives of people.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 23, 2017 8:13 pm
Deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ayob Pandith. (File)

In yet another incident of gruesome lynching, Mohammad Ayub Pandit, a deputy superintendent of police was stripped naked and stoned to death by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nohawatta district during the night-long celebration of Ramzan. Thousands of people had visited from all over Kashmir to observe ‘Shab-e-Qadr’ (the night of power) when the incident took place Wednesday around 12:30 pm. The historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta has always been a center of spiritual and moral upliftment.

So what happened?

DSP Mohammad Ayob who was posted outside the mosque during ‘Shab-e-Qadr’ was doing his duty standing at the access control of the mosque at around 12:30 when the mob attacked him and cruelly stripped and stoned to death, said police sources as quoted by PTI. Director General of Police S P Vaid, said two persons have been arrested so far and a third has been identified.

“All of them (involved in the lynching) will face the law,” the DGP told reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony for the slain officer at district police lines here.

Mohammad Ayub in his defense had opened fire from his pistol when the mob attacked him, injuring three persons. The mob then went on a rampage, targeting empty security pickets in the area. Police reinforcements were rushed to restore normalcy in the area. Defending the firing by the officer in which three persons were injured, Director General of Police S P Vaid said, “The DSP was carrying a pistol and he had the right to self-defence.”

Srinagar: Relatives wailing near the coffin of the slain DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith at his residence in Srinagar on Friday. The officer was lynched to death by a mob outside historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar in the wee hours on Friday. PTI Photo

The DSP was posted at the access control of the mosque to prevent people offering prayers in peace from any kind of violence. According to the SP Vaid, few among the people whom the DSP was protecting, lynched him when he was coming out of the mosque after checking the access control. SP Vaid,

Asked whether the slain officer was there for the security of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference, the DGP said, “Mirwaiz does come there. It was a sacred occasion yesterday and thousands of people were expected at the mosque and security was made for them.”

The situation in the old city has turned tense following the incident. A state of a curfew-like situation was immediately imposed after the incident took place.  Ayub’s body was taken to police control room for identification and other legal procedures, police sources said.

The attack was condemned by political leaders

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti described the incident as “shameful” and warned that the day the police loses patience it will be difficult to control them. “The DSP was at the mosque doing his duty, this was a shameless act,” Mehbooba said. Jammu and Kashmir Police was one of the best police forces in the country and was showing maximum restraint in dealing with law and order situation, she added.

Speaking to the reporters after the wrath-laying ceremony of the slain, as quoted by PTI Mehbooba Mufti “I want to say that J-K police is one of the best police forces in the country. They are brave but are showing maximum restraint because they feel that they are dealing with their own people. But for how long? The day their patience wanes, then, I believe, things will be difficult.”

Mehbooba urged people to understand the situation and said that the officer had not gone to Mosque for his personal work but to protect the lives of people. “A SHO along with five cops was killed some days back and now this DSP… I appeal to the people that there is still time and we should understand. The police force is our own force, they are our children and such a treatment is shameful,” she said.

Srinagar: Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P Vaid and other senior officers carrying the coffin of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith during a wreath laying ceremony at District Police Lines in Srinagar on Friday. was reportedly lynched to death by the mob outside historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar. PTI Photo

Separatist Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who delivers sermons at the historic mosque in old Srinagar city’s Nowhatta area every Friday after prayers also expressed grief, saying it was “outside the parameters of our values and religion”. Mirwaiz also tweeted saying, “Deeply disturbed and condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta.” In another tweet, he added, “it is very important and imperative for us that we do not allow our social fabric to be brutalised and keep our basic values intact.”

Former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah termed the incident as very unfortunate and said his death was a tragedy and its manner a travesty. “May the people who lynched DSP Pandith burn in hell for their sins,” he posted on Twitter. Expressing shock and anguish over the dastardly killing, Omar in a statement said the killing was the height of barbarism and should be condemned unequivocally. “I’m personally anguished and devastated by this tragedy. That this happened on the most auspicious night and outside Jamia Masjid is shocking. “Such heinous elements are the enemies of Kashmiriyat and humanity and should be given the sternest possible sentence as per law of the land. We are all duty-bound to stand with the family of the martyred police officer and also the Police Department in this hour of mourning and grief,” he said.

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Announcing a donation of Rs 10 Lakh to the police welfare fund on behalf of the party and one month’s salary of him as contribution to support families of such brave martyrs, Omar expressed solidarity with the family and the colleagues of the slain officer and demanded that the culprits be brought to book without any delay and should be given the sternest possible punishment.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also expressed grief and termed the lynching incident as “horrific” and said it marked a new low in the state.

“The brutal lynching of Deputy SP Md Ayub Pandith marks a new low. Pained beyond words at the horrific incident,” tweeted Gandhi, who is on vacations in Italy. “Heartbreaking to see J&K being pushed back several decades because of the complete failure of the PDP/BJP government,” he tweeted.

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    kausar
    Jun 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm
    No one can justify murdered
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      virendra gupta
      Jun 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm
      My heart goes out to the family and friends of DSP Mohamad Ayub Padith. God grant them the courage to bear this unbearable loss. At this time nothing more can be said except that the family needs the compassion of the entire country. virendra
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        Mohammad Dar
        Jun 24, 2017 at 2:41 am
        Some more hinduism lies of hogs of hinduism racism indians, he was not in uniform but working under cover to spy on the Muslims, he got what a hindu mnafiq deserves, death by stoning. who will bethe next, hindu mnafiq Mehboba of hindus terrorist of hindranstan india , need to watch her neck, she a laying enough to be a hindu filthy dog, on the leash dogs of hinduism racism, in human from, pros utes of hiduism immorality, indians, in human form.
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          Col. Janak Singh
          Jun 24, 2017 at 12:25 am
          Animals! This great Indian gave his life for his country. The government should rise and liquidate the culprits and make this slain officer’s family comfortable. What India needs is just more troops and improved intelligence in this region. All of India is with this officer. He is our hero. Moreover, a kind man he could have killed his attackers but just fired in the air and hit them in the legs! Also he was attacked before he fired.
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            Mohammad Dar
            Jun 24, 2017 at 2:45 am
            Sure, hogs of hinduismvracism, hindus criminals of indec self centered , like a hindu hungry dog india are with him, but not the Natives of Kashmir, he was spying on for the please of his hindu criminal hogs of hinduism racism, indians, in human form.
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            IslamForFoools
            Jun 23, 2017 at 11:43 pm
            RAMZAN BOMBATHON 2017, more than 11000 killed worldwide by Muslims , most unholy month of year. Muslims love death more than life which is why there is nothing but death in Islamic countries
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              Shafaqat Gillani
              Jun 23, 2017 at 11:35 pm
              Speechless.... Only Allah is our saviour ... Only he knows about the truth of such painful barbaric Incidents... Not writing in anybodys favour.... We kashmiris have witnessed the most cruel inhumane barbaric Savage acts since decades.....Only yesterday three of our children were killed with bullets and then charred in fire..... One of my close relatives ,a mentally unstable person went missing and after few days we found his dead body with eyes gouged out and mutilated body.... The condition of body of Jaleel Andrabi ....The list is endless... Everyday incidents of Muslims being lynched in India ...... These incidents and happenings have hardened our hearts..... Nothing can justify whatever happened yesterday in Jamia masjid.....Only ALLAH knows the truth...The murderers of Umer Fayaz and Ayub Pandit were identified within hours....But the killers of our children always remain untraced............
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                IslamForFoools
                Jun 23, 2017 at 11:40 pm
                Tera Allah kabka daru pike aur pork khake so Gaya hai. In ramzan Bombathon 2017 more than 11000 killed worldwide by Muslims
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                Maniktripathy
                Jun 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm
                Well what to expect from this inept clueless governance on kashmir issue...Law and order has become a joke and in-spite of big claims about know about these rascals and not doing anything, has become new hallmark of this governance too...
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                  IslamForFoools
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 11:41 pm
                  It's Islamic terrorism problem, blame Islam if you have guts to face truth
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                    Maniktripathy
                    Jun 24, 2017 at 12:49 am
                    Well you right and wrong in some ways...They cant live in peace in any countries including the ones, where they are in majority...Kashmir issue is a mismanagement of our free loaders/looters and Islamic terrorism has taken over the issue now and our inept spineless governance has no clue how to handle it...
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                  IslamForFoools
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm
                  His last name is pundit, Muslims thought he is Hindu and killed him, I guess.
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