DySP beaten to death in Srinagar by irate mob

Police chief S.P. Vaid said the officer was on duty at the mosque and some people "among the worshippers lynched and martyred him".

"The police officer had a brawl with a group of boys and he fired his silencer-fitted pistol, injuring two boys". His service revolver was taken away from him. He was then brutally beaten to death.

"He was deployed for duty at the mosque where people were to offer prayers and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was to deliver an address", a top police officer told CNN-News18.

However, his own people betrayed him and killed him mercilessly. "Pained beyond words at the horrific incident", he said on Twitter. There seems to be a sheer difference between humanity and cruelty.

"One needs to make people understand what is good and what is bad. Further investigation is underway", Vaid said.

They became suspicious of this person and tried to ascertain his identity.

Pandit belonged to Khanyar area which is adjacent to Nowhatta where he was killed.

"We have identified three people and two of them have been arrested". He was carrying out his duties as usual when the miscreants attacked him, police sources say.

A wreath laying ceremony will be held in Srinagar's District Police Lines at 11 am before the funeral.

The incident has been widely condemned in Jammu and Kashmir and beyond.

"Our police is the best in the country", she added. They are fearless but are showing maximum restraint because they feel that they are dealing with their own people.

Separatist had called for protests following the death of a protester during an operation in Pulwama in south Kashmir on Thursday.

"I am personally anguished and devastated by this tragedy. It was a sacred occasion on Thursday and thousands of people were expected at the mosque and security was made for them". "We can not allow state brutality to snatch our humanity and values".

Earlier Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh termed the incident as an "irreligious act in the name of religion".

  • Leroy Wright