Senior Cop Transferred After Lynching of Police Officer in Srinagar

Transfer orders of Sajad Khaliq Bhat, Superintendent of Police for north Srinagar, where the incident is reported to have taken place, have also been issued.

Police have arrested five persons in connection with the murder, so far.

Pandith was lynched to death by a mob in Nowhatta on Friday night near Jamia Masjid after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque.

"In Srinagar, the personnel have been asked to offer Eid prayers at DPL Srinagar (District Police Lines) or the Police Control Room", the newspaper quoted a senior police officer saying.

A police statement said Pandith, a deputy superintendent with the security wing of the state police, had been "attacked and beaten to death by a mob".

Witnesses said worshippers had spotted the policeman, Mohammed Pandit, at the mosque in plainclothes, taking photographs of people leaving shortly after midnight. The DGP also said that the investigation is going on and things will be clear once the report is ready. Sources said the six-member SIT includes a Chief Prosecuting Officer, Dy SP and three other police personnel who would assist the team in carrying out the investigation.




Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in Kakapora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on the third consecutive day today following the killing of three local LeT terrorists on Thursday. "These people are no less then devil", said Shaheen, wife of Pandith.

The state's Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti praised the police force for their "restraint" in the face of recent pressures, adding, "The day they run out of patience it will be a hard situation".

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called the lynching to death of the cop as unIslamic.

The incident, that of lynching of a police officer by civilians, is being considered unprecedented in Kashmir.

"We demand setting up of fast-track special court to punish the culprits involved in the heinous crime", he said.

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