J&K cop lynching: Three more arrested; SIT to probe case

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday termed DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandit's killing as "murder of trust". Nothing could have been more shameful than this, Mehbooba added.

A police officer has been beaten to death after he fired at a group of people who suspected him of spying on worshippers in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city.

"A SHO along with five cops was killed some days back and now this Dy SP.I appeal to the people that this is a shameful incident, that those who protect you, show patience while dealing with you, but if you behave like this with them, then if they lose their patience, then God forbid, such a time will come when people have to flee after seeing a (police) gypsy on the road", she said.

Some 10 hours after the incident, J&K Director General of Police SP Vaid said three people accused of being complicit in the lynching have been identified, of whom two have been arrested.

The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life. Policemen posted in the security wing of the Kashmir Police do not wear uniform as a matter of service regulation.

The order on Friday said SP (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat been transferred and asked to report to the J&K Police headquarters. People tried to catch Pandith who allegedly fired several shots from his pistol, injuring three persons.

The mob went on a rampage targeting empty security pickets erected in the area.

The lynching of a police officer outside the Jama Masjid in downtown Srinagar today triggered widespread condemnation from political parties with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah saying those behind the "travesty" should "burn in hell". A curfew was imposed in the area and police reinforcements had to be deployed to restore normalcy.

"If this is the result of their restraint it's going to be very hard".

The incident took place when Muslims across Kashmir were observing "Shab-e-Qadr" (the night of power) involving night- long prayers and supplications in the mosques and shrines.

"I'm personally anguished and devastated by this tragedy". The BJP state President also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.