Do Prayers Have a Meaning When An Officer is Stoned to Death?

Police officer stoned to death by mob outside Srinagar’s Jamia mosque even as special Shab-e-Qadr prayers were going on inside the mosque.

Police officer lynched by mob outside Srinagar's Jamia mosque
Mohammed Ayub Pandith

In a barbaric and anti-religious attack, senior police officer Mohammed Ayub Pandith was stripped naked and stoned to death on Friday morning by an irate mob just outside the Jamia mosque in Srinagar.

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The Deputy Superintendent of Police was stoned to death even as special Shab-e-Qadr prayers were going on inside the mosque.

Sources said he was photographing people coming out of the mosque at 3 am as part of his duty to find out if there were terrorists in the crowd.

Police officer lynched by mob outside Srinagar's Jamia mosqueEven as he was taking pictures, a group of young men attacked him. In self defence, Pandith allegedly fired several shots from his pistol, injuring three people.

In no time young men began to beat the police officer. They stripped the officer naked and started stoning him. Minutes later he died due to stone pelting.

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The irony is that the incident occurred even as devotees were immersed in the special Shab-e-Qadr prayers that focused on peace and well-being inside Jamia Masjid.

Police officer lynched by mob outside Srinagar's Jamia mosque“The official was killed by the mob while he was performing his duties. It’s a very sad and unfortunate incident,” Director general of police SP Vaid.

Soon after the incident, bloody clashes erupted between police and youth outside the Jamia mosque. Police reinforcements were rushed to the area even as authorities clamped restrictions on people’s movement in seven police station areas of Srinagar.

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Raj Shankar

Shankar Raj is a senior journalist with more than 30 years experience, mostly with The Indian Express and The New Indian Express. He was the Editor for Karnataka and Kerala editions of The New Indian Express, and former Managing Editor of the Nyusu Digital Media P Ltd. Bengaluru.

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