In a strong reaction, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti termed the killing of deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ayub Pandith as "shameful" and warned people of severe backlash if the police loses its patience.
"Militants have been given instructions by their handlers to carry out deadly reprisal attacks on the police during or after any encounter in which ultras are killed", a source revealed. Surrounded by an irate mob, the officer fired from his service revolver to free himself, injuring three persons. But he was overpowered and lynched.
Police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter. She then said: "The murder of this officer is actually a murder of trust". The officer had allowed his guards to go home. He further dragged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government into the conversation and called them the reason behind the situation in J&K. "The police force is our own force, they are our children", she said, according to PTI.
Pandit belonged to Nawpora area in Srinagar city where he was buried in his ancestral graveyard.
The police chief said that Pandith was posted outside the mosque for the security of the people so that they could offer prayers without any hindrance.
Earlier police sources had said that Pandit was seen moving around by people near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area at 0030 hours.
Meanwhile, several policemen have been deployed to restore normalcy in the area.
The last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan is observed as "Al-Quds Day" and "Kashmir Day" in the region in solidarity with Kashmiris and Palestinians.
Kashmir's chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the murder in a tweet.
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However, in a rare sight on social media hashtags like #JKPolice were flipped by Facebook thousands of users, condemning and spending their heartfelt condolences to the family of the slain cop.
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