A DSP, Mohammed Ayub Pandit, of the J&K Police was lynched to death by a group of people outside the Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area post midnight on the intervening night of Thursady and Friday. The DSP who was on duty in plain clothes was clicking pictures of the people coming out of the Masjid, in the area when he was suspected to be a spy, and the crowd went after him. In order to protect himself DSP Ayub Pandit fired three shot in which three persons came in the line of fire and were injured. The crowd in a frenzy broke upon him stripped him naked and stoned him to death. He was totally disfigured and his body was defaced beyond recognition making identification difficult, it was only this morning that he could be identified. The DGP, J&K Police, SP Vaid termed the killing as sad and unfortunate. “The official was killed by the mob while he was performing his duties. It’s a very sad and unfortunate incident,” the DGP said.