J&K policemen asked to avoid Eid prayers in public places

Randolph Lopez
June 26, 2017

DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith of Nowpora, Khanyar in Srinagar was lynched by a furious mob in Old City's Jamia Masjid area in Nowhatta on Thursday while he was on duty. "When the tourist season is at the peak in the valley and the holy Amarnath Yatra is going to start soon, a handful of people are indulging in such acts to convey the outside world that Kashmir is not a place to visit", the leader said. The senior police officer was waiting for Farooq in civil clothing, clicking pictures of people coming out of the mosque.

He drew out his pistol and fired, injuring three, as his colleague fled the scene, they said.

Witnesses said more people assembled and snatched his weapon while beating him to death. It has asked police personnel to offer Id prayers in mosques in district police lines in Srinagar and nearby police control rooms.

The lyching and murder has triggered outrage and condemnation across Kashmir.

"Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion", he said. "We can not allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values", he tweeted.

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Hundreds of stone-throwing residents clashed with police in the area after the killing and authorities have imposed restrictions on people's movements, fearing protests. "Police is taking all steps to prevent such incidents".

Earlier, in April the police had issued an advisory to its personnel to avoid visiting their hometowns "for the next few months", following incidents of attacks by militants on their residences and family members.

Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.

Rebel groups demanding either Kashmir's independence or merger with Pakistan have fought police and troops for decades.

Two militants were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir Sunday following an intense gun battle with government forces at a school, police said.

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