Police officer beaten to death in Indian-controlled Kashmir

After the situation got out of control, the cop in his own defence opened fire, through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured.

In a shocking incident, a senior police officer of Jammu and Kashmir was stripped naked and stoned to death by an irate mob in Srinagar last night.

The incident occurred when devotees were engrossed in the special Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) prayers and supplications inside the mosques and shrines of the Valley.

"Nothing can be more shameful than to kill someone who works for the welfare of the people".

Three people were arrested on Saturday in connection with the brutal killing of police officer Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob in Srinagar, taking the number of arrests in the case to five, NDTV reported quoting Director General of Police SP Vaid.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "Our police force is bravest across the country".

Kashmir's chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq meanwhile condemned the murder in a tweet.

A police official said policemen fired in the air to chase away the mob and retrieve the officer's body and a clash ensued.

'We can not allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values'.

Meanwhile, the authorities have made a decision to impose curfew like restrictions under Section 144 in seven police stations in Srinagar to contain the situation emerging after the civilian and militant killings on Thursday in south Kashmir and the latest incident.

The incident follows close on the heels of the killing of three militants and a civilian in an encounter in South Kashmir on Thursday.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, and a separatist movement against Indian rule has raged for decades in the Indian part of it. Some young men intercepted him and pushed him to the ground.

  • Leroy Wright