Police officer beaten to death in Indian-controlled Kashmir

  • Police officer beaten to death in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Police officer beaten to death in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Last night, Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar.

Muhammad Ayub was on duty in plain clothes outside the Jamia Masjid mosque as locals arrived for prayers to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest nights of the year.

"How long will we lose our men to people, who like mad dogs, chase us because we happen to belong to the police department?" he added.

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called the lynching to death of the cop as unIslamic. He tweeted, "We can not allow state brutality to snatch our humanity& values". Vaid said two people have been arrested and massive manhunt for another accused has been launched by the police.

The lyching and murder has triggered outrage and condemnation across Kashmir.

He said such acts were part of attempts to demoralise police "but these attacks have not affected the force". Party chief Sat Sharma demanded the setting up of a fast-track court to punish those involved in the lynching of the officer.

"The lynching is disturbing and it can not be justified".

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"An SIT headed by an SP rank officer has been formed for speedy investigation into the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22", a police official said.

"Look at the suspicion, distrust and hate that has now become the daily lived experience of the people".

The Indian state of Kashmir is in the news for the wrong reason. "So, we become the targets of much of the hate directed against the state".

"Police also fired teargas shells on the youth present there to take over the body", said an eyewitness.

National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah, while condemning the killing, has demanded that the culprits should be brought to book without any delay and should be given the sternest possible punishment. "Lynching a fellow being", he tweeted. "But a few among those, for the security of whom he had been deployed there, lynched him".

However, some of the responses on Facebook, were far more virulent. "He performed his duties trusting the goodwill of the people whose lives he was protecting".