Police officer's lynching 'marks new low' in JK: Rahul

In a first, authorities bar Juma-tul-Vida prayers at Jamia Masjid

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Top police officials expressed resolve that the guilty would not spared for the brutal killing of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith and said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had been formed to probe the case. The Jammu and Kashmir Police had, earlier in the day, picked up three more accused, bringing the number of people arrested in the case to five.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said two people have been arrested and a third person has been identified in connection with the lynching.

Bhat, an additional SP rank officer, has been asked to report to the police headquarters.

Was the DSP there to provide security to separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq? "Pained beyond words at the horrific incident", he said on Twitter.

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"People there said he was from outside the state, had come to kill Mirwaiz and perhaps worked for the army", the eye-witness Sajad Ahmad Sheikh was quoted as saying by the New York Times. Pandith was on duty outside the Mosque wearing a civil dress and reportedly clicking pictures of people coming out of the Mosque. One of his sisters claimed attackers lynched him since he was carrying an identity card which had his name written as MA Pandit.

The gory attack outside Srinagar's Grand Mosque on Thursday night ironically took place during Lailat-ul-Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr, the night which as per Islamic belief is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to its Prophet Muhammad.

An angry mob beat a police officer to death outside a mosque in Indian-administered Kashmir as tensions ran high in the volatile Himalayan region.

Since the officer was not in uniform, he was identified only hours later when his family called his mobile phone.

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Some reports said that he allegedly pulled out his pistol and fired shots that injured three people.

The incident followed clashes between residents and government forces in the area. The mutilated body of the cop was recovered by the police on Friday morning. And it is the seventh death of a J&K Police man over the past week.

Senior ministers Naeem Akhtar, Altaf Bukhari and Haq Khan were also present at the Police Lines besides senior civil, police and paramilitary officers.

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