A top cop of Jammu and Kashmir Police was lynched by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in downtown area of Srinagar.
The deceased has been identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandit. Pandit was seen moving in suspicious circumstances by some people near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area at 12.30 am, police sources said. He was reportedly clicking pictures of people while they were coming out of the mosque.
They said people tried to catch Pandit 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, the sources said.
Pandit’s body was taken to police control room for identification and other legal procedures, they said adding the situation in old city has turned tense following the incident.
Soon after the incident, intense clashes erupted between police and youth outside the Jamia mosque, according to eyewitnesses. Police reinforcements were rushed to the area and the authorities announced restrictions on people’s movement in seven police station areas of the city.
Pandit belonged to Khanyar area which is adjacent to Nowhatta where he was killed. He had been at the mosque post for quite sometime and many locals who regularly visited knew him. Policemen posted in the security wing of the Jammu and Kashmir Police do not wear uniform as a matter of service regulation.