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Police officer beaten to death in Indian-occupied Kashmir

24 Juin 2017

Echoing similar sentiments, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of the state to not test the patience of the security forces, who use restrain in dealing with locals. He said two alleged attackers were arrested and a third suspect has been identified.

"When people asked him to explain what he was doing there, he took out his pistol and fired at people, wounding three", a youth present outside the mosque told Anadolu Agency.

The deceased DSP was aon surveillance and was allegedly clicking pictures of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him.

The police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter.

The police in Indian-held Kashmir on Friday said one of their officers had been beaten to death by a crowd outside the main mosque here.

"Nothing can be more shameful than to kill someone who works for the welfare of the people".

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A senior police officer has been lynched to death by protestors in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar, the capital of disputed, Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir.

The mob went on a rampage targeting empty security pickets erected in the area.

Criticising restrictions on the movement of people, moderate Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, "it is for the first time in the living memory of people that they are being barred from offering "Jummat-ul-Vida prayers" at Jamia Masjid by the authorities".

Meanwhile, several policemen have been deployed to restore normalcy in the area. "Further investigation is underway", Vaid said.

Muslims across Kashmir are observing Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the valley. People need to understand what is wrong. "Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion....", he tweeted.

Later, in a statement, he said, "The incident that happened in Nowhatta outside the historic Jamia Masjid which has always been a centre of spiritual and moral upliftment, is most unfortunate. We can not allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values", he tweeted. "We are all duty-bound to stand with the family of the martyred police officer and also the Police Department in this hour of mourning and grief", he said.