A deputy superintendent of police, Ayub Pandith was stoned to death by the mob when he reportedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in Srinagar. Curfew has been imposed in the area instantly. According to the sources, he was making a video of the stone pelting by the locals and in objecting to this, an irate mob attacked him.
Deputy SP Mohammed Ayub Pandith of Security beaten to death by mob in J&K's Nowhatta last night pic.twitter.com/TGIfIQIsFx
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In his own defence, Ayub opened fire through his service pistol, injuring three persons. According to The Huffington Post, Informed sources told IANS, “The officer was on frisking duty at the Jamia Masjid. He was carrying out his duties as usual when the miscreants attacked him.”
Jammu and Kashmir police issued a statement, “Another police officer sacrificed his life in the line of duty. DySP Mohammed Ayub Pandith of Security attacked and beaten to death by a mob at Nowhatta last night.”
Source: Free Press Journal
Ayub’s security guards ran away after they found the mob too large to be handled. Ayub was local and belonged to Khanyar area.
The situation in the area has turned intense following the incident and the authorities have announced restrictions on the movement of people in many parts of the city.