Nowhatta mob lynching: Mehbooba Mufti calls police officer’s killing shameful

The mob accused the deceased senior police officer Mohammed Ayub Pandith of making video of stone pelting by locals and attacked him. He opened fire through his service pistol in his own defence after the situation became out of control.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 1:57 pm
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday condemned the lynching of senior police officer Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar on Friday. Paying tribute to the deceased officer, she termed the incident shameful.

Mufti said “Isse bada sharmnaak vakya koi ho nahin sakta.” (There cannot be any incident more shameful than this)

She added, “Agar ye suluk karenge inka, agar inka(police) sabar jawab dega to phir shayad purana waqt na aaye road pe gypsy dekhke logon ko bhagna pde.” (If they (mob) behave like this, if they (police) run out of patience, then old days will come back when people will run upon seeing a Gypsy)

She also praised the police, saying they were constantly attacked by the militants and that people should understand that they were deployed for the security and safety of the citizens.

The mob allegedly accused Ayub of making a video of stone pelting by locals and attacked him. He is said to have opened fire with his service pistol in defence after the situation became out of control.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid said two people have been arrested in the case and a third person accused has been identified. “They will have to face the law. The official was killed by the mob while he was performing his duties. It’s a very sad and unfortunate incident.”

Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah too condemned the incident. In a tweet, he said: “His death is a tragedy & the manner of his death a travesty. May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins.”

Separatist leader and All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a tweet, said, “Deeply disturbed & condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta.Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion….”

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    Sachin
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm
    An insult to our justice system. Remember Tienanmen Square in China. What Chinese forces did to local mob.
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      SP
      Jun 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm
      MM should spread Buddhism in the valley. Those families which converted to Islam , and now propagating RIT should be forced to convert to Buddhism. Why the majority community which does not believe in conversion should face the challenge , waste the time and resources in fighting RIT?
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        Rajiv
        Jun 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm
        Mehbooba Mufti - Utterly shameful. A senior police official is lynched..yes lynched !!! And all you talk is of "agar unka sabar khatam ho jayega !!! Shameful
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          R K
          Jun 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm
          the DSP was there for the protection of the people....he had to ensure that nobody is carrying weapons to the mosque so that there is no accident... had given leave to all his security guards having faith in the people of his own faith...but the blind haters with their hearts full of hatred, killed him.....
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            R K
            Jun 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm
            they killed him because they thought he was a hindu....hatred is the guiding principle of islam.....they say that islam is a peace loving religion....but such incidents show their true colors.....
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              NKSA
              Jun 23, 2017 at 4:21 pm
              Why does this separatist jihadi given security? it is shocking to see a police officer is getting killed for a traitor
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                humanist
                Jun 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                Indian army is a mob in kashmir. They are mob lynching civilian kashmiris since 30 years. they have lynched more than one lakh kashmiris till now. Today one more kashmiri muslim dies and you indians spill only crocodile tears. if you were really pure at heart kashmir issue would had been solves 50 years ago. but you are just happy kashmiris are dying. you are black hearted.
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                  Rakesh Pandit
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm
                  Happy to know that more than one lakh kashmiri muslims have been shot dead. My black heart is happy. Another one lakh will be killed like dogs in short time.
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                    NKSA
                    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm
                    shameless dogs. police and military must stop this restraint and kill all stone peltors along with jihadis. This incident shows they have become rabid dogs and lynching mob
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                      Sachin
                      Jun 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm
                      When you call yourself Kashmiri and say INDIAN ARMY. You are one of them , who created trouble and hatred in the valley.
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                      Shailendra Nagar
                      Jun 23, 2017 at 3:18 pm
                      Omar Abdulla and Mirwaiz have condemned the horrific incident .They are the biggest supporters of extremists in Kashmir. They know that the police and army is going to take strict action therefore, condemning the incident before hand.
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