Two arrested, a third identified: DGP
Srinagar: Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Mohammad Ayoub Pandith was lynched to death by a mob outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on the night of Shab Qadir when thousands of people were offering prayers at the mosque.
Eyewitnesses said that Pandith had an altercation with some youth outside the mosque, at which they caught hold of him and started beating him. Witnesses said that the youth tore his clothes while beating him and then Pandith took out his pistol and fired at the youth, injuring three of them. This angered the people who were there and they beat him to death.
Shock and grief struck the family of Pandith when the news of his death reached them. According to the family, they were informed by one of their relatives that some cop had been lynched in Nowhatta.
“Worried, we called on his phone but it was switched off,” said one of his close relatives.
He said that Pandith’s family came to know about the death of Pandith at 5:30 in the morning, when they contacted a police officer who told them that Pandith’s body had been brought to the police control room.
The slain cop is survived by his wife and two children, a son and a daughter.
“The family members fainted on seeing the condition of the body at police control room,” said a police official.
Hundreds of people participated in Pandith’s funeral at his home Nowpora at 2:30 afternoon. He was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Malkha in Rainawari.
The slain cop’s daughter, who is studying for an MBBS in Bangladesh, had recently returned home to celebrate Eid with her family.
Mohammad Abdullah Pandith, the slain cop’s cousin, told Kashmir Reader that Pandith was on duty when he was beaten to death.
“It was the first time he was sent to Jamia on night duty. His killing has shocked us all,” he said.
Pandith had joined the police department as a sub-inspector in the 1990s and was working as a DySP in the security wing.
Demanding justice, the family and relatives of Pandith said that those involved in his killing should be punished.
Neighbours and relatives said that Pandith was a humble person, a follower of Islam, and helpful to all.
Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid told reporters that two persons had been arrested in the case registered over the lynching of the DySP. “People should understand what is right and what is wrong for them,” Vaid said while speaking to reporters at the wreath-laying ceremony held for the killed officer.
“The police officer was at Jamia Masjid for the safety and security of the people, but unfortunately some among them bundled him and lynched him to death,” Vaid said.
He also said that an investigation had been started into the case. “Two people have been arrested while a third one has been identified. The involved persons will face the law,” he said.
The DGP said that Pandith had opened fire from his pistol in self defence.