Nowhatta mob lynching: DySP Mohammed Ayub Pandith beaten to death near Jamia Masjid

Nowhatta mob lynching: The incident happened at around 12 am. Police reinforcements were rushed to the area to restore normalcy. The police officer was identified as Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith. Three people were injured in the firing.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 4:51 pm
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An irate mob on Friday lynched a senior police officer Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque. Three people were injured in the firing. The incident happened during prayers at around 12 am. Curfew has been imposed in the area.

The deceased was allegedly making a video of stone pelting by locals, and objecting to this, the violent mob attacked him. Ayub opened fire through his service pistol in his own defence after the situation became out of control, according to the news agency ANI.

Police reinforcements were rushed to the area to restore normalcy. As the officer was not in uniform, the police identified him after his family called his mobile phone, according to NDTV.

PTI quoting police sources said, “People tried to catch the man who allegedly fired several shots from his pistol, injuring three persons. The irate mob then caught hold of him and stripped him naked before stoning him to death.”

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.”

Immediately after the incident, Ayub’s body was taken to police control room for identification and other legal procedures. The situation in the old city has turned tense following the incident, police sources said.

Muslims across Kashmir were observing Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the valley.

As a precautionary measure, the authorities have already announced restrictions on the movement of people in seven police station areas of the city.

A wreath laying ceremony will be held for the slain officer on Friday at 11 am, said ANI.

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    K R
    Jun 25, 2017 at 11:18 am
    Barbaric and uncivilized inhumanes those did this act should be punished by people without waiting the delayed investigation. Iron hands only can deal with such dirty criminals.
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      Arya Jasmine
      Jun 25, 2017 at 2:46 am
      Is it even right to shoot at a crowd for self defence, when you are not even in uniform. Is it right to take pictures at a sacred event of a religious group? I would think that is provoking. The people would have come in fury which is reasonable. But there is no way to clarify when he fired the shot in self defence. The crowd can even think he is a criminal or mass murderer? Because they didn't even know he was an officer or he had a gun for that reason.
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        Arya Jasmine
        Jun 25, 2017 at 3:06 am
        I can't even edit my post. I have no reason to support islam. I am a christian. The crowd would have come in fury, which is not reasonable Are we going to fight and divide because of religion? WHY ARE WE GOING ON SPACE .. SPENDING ALL THAT MONEY WHEN OUR OFFICERS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH EQUIPMENTS AND BACK-UPS..?
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        Mano
        Jun 24, 2017 at 12:40 am
        The kashmiri sloganeering mobs are acting in violence to make their mentors proud. When they are preoccupied in making their mentors proud no god would pardon them. Kashmiriyat is lost in making mentors proud.
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          Bhola
          Jun 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm
          The peace loving musalmins doing most peaceful act.The seculars support this type of peace lovers as they are regularly doing this out of love for Aaalllah and peaceful celebration.Without killing ,without gun fire,without stone pelting they can loose the tag of most peaceful creatures,of course they have not started eating humans so far as proof of peace.
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            Raj Parwani
            Jun 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm
            It's a tragic event but it's another proof that our current Kashmir policy isn't working, we are just paying price by putting more and more security forces lives at risk. Our security personnel are sitting ducks waiting to be slaughtered. How many more sons and brothers and fathers need to die before we change our course of action? Our Kashmir policy of "No Negotiations" hasn't worked for past 70 years and will not work in next 70 years, just yesterday stats came out that by now we have lost more soldiers in Kashmir than all of our wars put together, shocking? read yesterday's newspaper. We citizens should put pressure on Modi to change the course or resign if he can't forge a pragmatic Kashmir policy. Instead of attending birthday and weddings in Pakistan he should have gone their to resolve Kashmir issue and save lives of our jawans.
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              Bhola
              Jun 23, 2017 at 8:46 pm
              Don't put pressure on Modiji ,G me dam hai to Kashmir jao air problem solve Karo.Haramzade jaise bako mat.
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                HEMANTA
                Jun 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm
                If the present govt decides to remove article 370, will you and those critical (congie/cpi/rjd) of BJP support that move ? YES..or..NO...You state No-Negotiations for last 70 years has not worked. Seriously? Congress has been licking and negotiating and feeding the snakes since last 70 years. Remove BJP from the partnership with the present set-up, then the present JIHADI mad wave sweeping across muslim youth would have put Kashmir on fire. Understand that, though not visible, but BJP is putting a huge brake on the traitors by being there in the govt. Thats exactly what the congress wants BJP to move out so that the valley burns. Remember Kashmir mess and article 370 is a gift from Mian-Nehru and corrupt vicious evil congress.
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                yash sehgal
                Jun 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm
                If the govt has balls, lock up n seal that mosque..will they??
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                  Mohan
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
                  If the stone pelting mobs were dealt with an iron hand this situation would not have come to pass. Further it is time to scrap article 370 and make Indian laws applicable to every inch of Indian territory. There is no need for India to spend money on the welfare of those who want to separate from India
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                    Vnk
                    Jun 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                    Islamic terrorists, islamic mob instigators, anti national hurriyat, islamic stone pelters. Is killing of any person granted by peaceful? Islam?
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                      Mohan
                      Jun 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm
                      What peaceful Islam ? Never heard of it !
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