Mohammad Ayub Pandith was stripped and lynched outside Jamia Masjid here after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him taking pictures outside the historic mosque. (Image courtesy: YouTube) Photograph: (Others)
Five people have been arrested by the police so far, two days after a mob lynched a police official in Nowhatta area in Srinagar
Indian authorities have arrested three more people, a day after a police officer was lynched by a mob in Kashmir.
This comes hours after two people were arrested for the violence.
Director General of Police SP Vaid told reporters that 12 people have been identified so far. The seven absconding will be arrested soon, he said.
Heads have begun to roll in the state's police brass as well for failure to contain the violence.
Superintendent of Police (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat was suspended as he failed to rein in an angry mob from killing Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammad Ayub Pandith.
Bhat has been suspended as Nowhatta -- the lynching took place there on Thursday night -- falls under the jurisdiction of the North Srinagar SP.
Sajad Ahmad Shah, the additional SP (Traffic City), Srinagar, will look after the duties of the SP North Srinagar, Press Trust of India reported.
Pandith was stripped and lynched outside Jamia Masjid here after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him taking pictures outside the historic mosque.
The deceased police officer was apparently making a video on stone pelters in Kashmir. The officer, according to Indian media reports, opened fire at a group of people when he realised he had no escape route.
The latest bout of violence has forced the police to impose restrictions in the area.
Yasin Malik under house arrest
A senior separatist leader Yasin Malik was placed under house as the police want to maintain normalcy following Pandith's death and ahead of Eid on Sunday (June 25).