A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohammad Ayub Pandith, was lynched by a violent mob in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar on Thursday night when they caught him clicking pictures of people while coming out of a mosque in downtown of the city.

Men of the J&K Police on duty with him reportedly fled from the scene instead of protecting their superior.

He was on security duty outside the largest mosque in Srinagar during the Shab-e-Qadr prayers when he was attacked by miscreants and beaten to death.

A case has been registered and search launched for the assailants of the DSP.

Police reinforcement were rushed in to restore normalcy in the area.

The killing has been condemned by separatists and Kashmir-centric political parties.

Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said: “Deeply disturbed and condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta. Mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion…we cannot allow state brutality to snatch our humanity and values.”

The ruling PDP tweeted, “We condemn the barbaric killing of Dy SP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith in Nowhatta. The guilty should be identified and punished.”

Former CM Omar Abdullah, working president of National Conference, described the killing as “a tragedy and the manner of his death a travesty. May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins”.