BREAKING: Mob Just LYNCHED Police Officer In This Country

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SRINAGAR, Kashmir — A high-ranking police officer has been beaten to death and lynched in Kashmir by an angry mob that witnesses say had taken him for a spy or assassin. The officer was killed outside Jamia Masjid (grand mosque) in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

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The officer has been identified as Deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith.

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The incident took place late on Thursday night when people were busy holding prayers and thronging the mosque, Xinhua reports.

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Locals said a man was spotted in the area making video recording and taking pictures of a demonstration held outside the mosque between 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. local time.

“No sooner the people rushed to catch him, the gunman pulled off his pistol and fired into the mob wounding three youngsters,” a local told Xinhua. “The incident created panic and in the melee people caught hold of the man. He was beaten to death on spot.”

Local media reports said policemen resorted to aerial firing and tear smoke shelling in the area to retrieve body of police officer from the spot as protesters clashed with them throwing rocks and bricks.

Witnesses said the officer was then disarmed, stripped naked and paraded around the area before being beaten to death with stones.

“Another police officer sacrificed his life in line of duty. Deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith of security attacked and beaten to death by a mob at Nowhatta last night,” reads a statement issued by police.

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Video courtesy of NDTV

An officer of the Jammu and Kashmir police was brutally beaten to death by a mob outside the Jamia Masjid in state capital Srinagar during congregational prayers at the mosque in the old city late on Thursday evening. Two people have been arrested in the incident. Deputy Superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith’s colleagues wept bitterly on Friday morning as they paid tribute to him at a wreath ceremony held at Srinagar’s police lines before the funeral. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who attended the ceremony, said, “There can’t be a more shameful incident than this where one cop who is trying to perform his duty is killed.”

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