Outrage on Twitter after J&K DSP Ayub Pandith is beaten to death outside Srinagar's Jamia Masjid

A deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Ayub Pandith, was lynched to death on Thursday evening by a violent mob, when people were observing Shab-e-Qadr outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar. The officer in civil clothes was confronted by an irate mob after his movement in the area arose suspicion. This led to an argument between the police and the crowd. While one policeman fled the spot, Pandith was captured by the group. Reports said he took out his pistol out and opened fire injuring three people, but was overpowered by the mob and beaten to death.

The news spread like wildfire across the country, with prominent people taking to Twitter to express their views.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police gave out information about the incident on Twitter

- Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed his anger towards the current government,

The ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) said the guilty will be punished.

- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of Hurriyat Conference, who is said to be present inside the mosque at the time of the incident, said he was "deeply disturbed" by the incident.

- BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said he was saddled to hear about Pandith's lynching.

Opposition parties lashed out against the Union and state governments over its failure. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked if the policy was shambolic.

- Priyanka Chaturvedi, Congress spokesperson, criticised the state government.

- Junaid Mattu, National Conference spokesperson, called those responsible as "barbarians".

Journalist Rahul Pandita, in a series of tweets, blamed Kashmiri separatists for incidents of violence.

- Prominent Kashmiri journalist Ahmed Fayaz said there is "tremendous anger" in Kashmir.

Fellow journalist Gowhar Geelani linked rising incidents of cow vigilantism across India with rising violence in Kashmir.

Mediaperson Aarti Tikoo Singh said the government needs to tackle lynch mobs with an iron hand. -

Army veteran Gaurva Arya asked why was "India such a soft state".

Updated Date: Jun 23, 2017 13:51:54 IST