Srinagar: Police on Friday identified the officer who opened fire on people at Nowhatta and was later beaten to death by a group of people outside Jamia Masjid, Srinagar during the night.
“Another police officer sacrificed his life in line of duty,” a Police statement said adding “DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith of Security was attacked and beaten to death by a mob at Nowhatta last night.”
Sources said that Pandth was the resident of Nowpora, Khanyar in Srinagar.
Witnesses said that group of youth caught hold of the DySP in civvies outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta and thrashed him. In the melee, the DySP opened fire upon them resulted in injuries to three persons. People around snatched the pistol of the officer and beat him to death.
The injured have been identified as Danish Mir, Mudasir Ahmad and Sajad Ahmad Bhat and were hospitalized, they said.
The incident happened when Shab-e-Qadr prayers were under way in the historic mosque.