The Indian state of Kashmir is in the news for the wrong reason. An insurrection is on in the valley which has a Muslim majority. The insurrection is partly financed and supported by militant organizations operating from Pakistan. The government of Kashmir, for reasons of political expediency, has given the anti-India agitation a long rope and despite the presence of security forces the animosity of the locals against the government has increased.

On Friday in the morning, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith was Stoned To Death by a mob near Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta, Srinagar.

As per eyewitness accounts, the officer was paraded naked and then stoned to death while other just watched, some even eating chicken while it happened, the New York Times reported.

The police officer had been assigned to provide security cover to the separatist leader of the Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Farooq. The officer belonged to the J&K police cadre and the government has a policy that provides security cover for all the important leaders of the Hurriyat, despite the leaders always supporting Pakistan. The DGP of the J&K police has said that two people have been arrested for this crime. The Mirwaiz has condemned the killing has taken to Twitter to condemn the killing Al Jazeera News Channel said.

Lynching of the officer

The lynching to death of the police officer is a first. and this has not happened in the past. The fact that the killing took place inside a mosque when the officer was supposed to be protecting the Hurriyat leader is cause for concern. The Jand K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has called the lynching a"shameful act".

Such statements cannot, however, detract from the reality that the situation in the Valley has been allowed to get out of hand.

Modi silent

There is no statement from the Prime Minister of the ruling BJP on the killing of Mohammed Ayub Pandith. The BJP is also part of the collation with the PDP ruling Kashmir. The party has been in power for almost three years in the state, but overall the situation has gone from bad to worse.

Rahul Gandhi the leader of the opposition Congress party has put the entire blame on the PDP-BJP alliance. In a tweet, he said that the entire blame was due to " complete failure of the PDP-BJPGovernment.


Ever since the BJP-PDP government came to power the situation in the Valley has worsened. Incidents of stone throwing by young Kashmiris including girls has shot up alarmingly. The government does not seem to have any strategy in place to counter the growing problem. Modi came to power on a set of promises including abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which confers a special status on the state. But nothing has moved on that front. In the meantime, Modi is off to meet Trump on 26 June and the Valley burns.