Senior Cop Transferred After Lynching of Police Officer in Srinagar

Srinagar: North Srinagar Superintendent of Police (SP), Sajad Khaliq, has been transferred with immediate effect a day after Deputy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandit was lynched by a mob outside a mosque in Srinagar’s Nowhatta.

Assistant SP (Traffic), Sajad Shah has taken up the post after Khaliq’s transfer.

Mohammed Ayub Pandith was lynched by a mob late on Thursday after he opened fire on a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in Nowhatta area of Srinagar. 

The incident reportedly occurred while separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was offering prayers at the Jamia Masjid and was to make a speech later.

Pandith, who was in civilian clothes, was caught clicking pictures inside the mosque, following which the officer opened fire with his service pistol, injuring three people. He was caught by an angry mob outside and beaten to death.

The officer was laid to rest with full honours later on Friday in the presence of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The incident came as Muslims across Kashmir were observing Laylatul Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the Valley.
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