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DSP had made a vain bid to save his life

Police officers at the funeral.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad

Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith, the 57-year-old officer beaten to death by a mob in Srinagar on Thursday night, tried to fight off his attackers. In a bid to save his life, Mr. Pandith shot at the mob with his service pistol, injuring three persons in the lower limbs. However, this invited more wrath from the mob. The pistol was also snatched.

“The officer had the right to self-defence,” said DGP S.P. Vaid.

Later, the police had to resort to aerial firing to retrieve the body, which was dragged away by the mob and left near a shop.

A police spokesman said Mr. Pandith belonged to the 3rd Battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s security wing and was a part of the security grid assigned to the security of the mosque.

“We have arrested two persons, and a third has been identified. The rest of the guilty will face the law, too,” said Mr. Vaid.

A case under Section 302 of the J&K’s Ranbir Penal Code has been registered. “Efforts are on to nab the other persons involved in the attack,” said the police. The incident took place when Muslims were observing ‘Shab-e-Qadr’ (the night of power) involving night-long prayers in the mosques.


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