Jammu and Kashmir: Muslim mob stones policeman to death outside mosque during prayers

An act of piety during Ramadan.

SRINAGAR: A police officer was stoned to death Friday morning by an irate mob in Srinagar that believed he had shot at a group of people who caught him taking photographs outside Jamia Masjid.

Police identified the officer as deputy superintendent of police Mohammed Ayub Pandith. Police sources told TOI Pandith was part of Kashmiri separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s security grid deployed outside the Jamia Masjid on Shab-e-Qadr.

He was on duty when the mob attacked him, a police spokesman said.

Police sources said that Pandith was seen taking pictures of people coming out of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area around 3 am on Friday. They said that when people tried to catch Pandith and stop him from taking photos, he allegedly fired several shots from his pistol, injuring three people.

Soon after, a group of young men began to beat the police officer. That group then quickly swelled into an irate mob that stripped the officer before killing him by hitting him with stones.

The incident occurred even as devotees were immersed in the special Shab-e-Qadr prayers inside Jamia Masjid.

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