Nowhatta mob lynching: Three more people arrested in killing of J-K police officer

A total of five people have been arrested so far in the case of lynching of Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Jammu and Kashmir's capital Sringar on Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2017 12:26 pm
Nowhatta mob lynching, kasmir, kashmir lynching, police lynching, kashmir police lynching, kashmir unrest, stone pelting, indian express news, india news Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith was lynched by a mob outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar.

Three more people, allegedly involved in the lynching of a police officer in Srinagar, were arrested on Saturday.

According to J-K DGP S P Vaid, a total of 12 people have been identified in the case and total five people have been arrested in the case. “We have identified 12 persons in connection with the case and five of them have been arrested,” Director General of Police, S P Vaid was quoted by PTI as saying.

Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith was lynched by a mob outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Sringar on Friday. DGP Vaid had said the culprits will have to face the law.

According to reports, locals accused Ayub of clicking pictures and making video of stone pelters, which prompted the mob to brutally beat him to death. Ayub allegedly opened fire at the group of people in self-defence. His body was taken to police control room for identification and other legal procedures immediately after the incident.

According to Vaid, the officer was at the site for the protection of the people and was only doing his duty. “People should understand what is right and what is not. The lynched officer was deployed for their safety and they killed him. The official was killed by the mob while he was performing his duties. It’s a very sad and unfortunate incident,” he said.

The incident was condemned by J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti who said that nothing can be more shameful than this. Speaking to media, Mehbooba said the mob violence will bring back old days of violence back to the state. “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 said. Former J-K CM Omar Abdullah also condemned the incident and described the death of the police officer as “tragedy”. “May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins,” he wrote on Twitter.

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  1. S
    saffron chaddi
    Jun 24, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    within 24 hours police caught those culprits. but how come 24 years after kunanposhpora mass rape by Indian army , after chittisinghpora massacre by IB agents, after neelofar and asiya rape by CRPF, Tufail matoo killing, wamiq farooq killings and years and years after killings of innocent kashmiris by indian agencies, army crpf, police why no arrests. why major avtar singh who killed lawyer jaleel andrabi were not arrested. shame on indian democracy, shame on indian police, shame on indians over all who are silent for massacaring kashmiris. India will break into pieces, it has already started. RSS terrorists will help disintegrate india.
    1. M
      Jun 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm
      thand rakho bhai..... thand.itne garam na ho...zyada peechey jaogey toh apne hath hi khoon se sane paoge.
      1. ಮನೋಜ್
        Jun 24, 2017 at 4:37 pm
        Cool. So you have all evidence, then file a case in court of law and provide your evidence and win a conviction. Who is stopping you?. Crimes happen every where and in every region. Shame on Indian democracy, please give your alternative to democracy?.. If hizbil, let etc are your role models, good luck we,Indians don't want them. J K is and will be integral part of India, and don't worry about disintegration of india too much. We have vibrant democracy and independent judiciary that will protect cons ution guaranteed rights. May be you should worry more about masters sponsoring terrorism not disintegrating ...From what I hear, Indian army is hunting your terrorists in the bad lands of Kashmir. At best Pakistani sponsored terrorism is a nusuince for now. With the continuef GDP growth for couple of decades,I'm quite sure we will payback those debts to Pakistan in kind and of course with interest too if you like to collect.
        1. J
          Jai hind
          Jun 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm
          you are just a blabber. nothing else. you justify even rape of females who were not involved in separatist movements. and u bark for the doers... Shame on you Mr blabber. toda paanee peele.