Kashmir University professor killed within 36hrs of joining militancy

06 May, 2018, 22:17 | Author: Kim Reid
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Police spokesman Manoj Pandita said an army soldier and a policeman were also injured in the clash.

"The search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding militants fired upon the forces, which was retaliated", the official said.

Kashmir University professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat went missing on Friday, leaving his parents, friends, colleagues and students anxious.

Quoting police sources, news agency IANS reported that a protesting civilian, Adil Ahmad, who was injured during the clashes, was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the Kulgam district hospital.

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However, this morning Bhat was among the terrorists trapped in an encounter in Badigam village in Zainapora area of south Kashmir's Shopian district.

Soon intense clashes rocked the area and one civilian suffered injuries and was hospitalized.

Five militants including an assistant professor of Kashmir University and a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saddam Padder were killed in a gunfight in Badigam village of south Kashmir's Shopian district and equal number of civilian were killed in post gunfight clashes at different places in the same area.

Hundreds of Kashmir University students from different hostels of the varsity including girls hostels on Sunday marched through the campus raising slogans in favour of Pakistan, Azadi and against India; and offered funeral prayers in absentia to the slain scholar and assistant professor Dr Muhammad Rafi.

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"The encounter has concluded at Badigam-Zainpora in Shopian".

On Saturday, three militants were also killed in a gunbattle while a civilian protester was allegedly mowed down by a police vehicle.

"When search party approached towards the suspected houses, suddenly a quantum of fire came from militants which led to fierce gunfight", said police officer. "Five bodies of terrorists recovered", said Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid. Authorities have suspended classes in the Kashmir University on Monday and Tuesday.

The police are yet to release the identification of other four militants. Medical Superintendent of the hospital Saleem Tak confirmed that a youth brought from Shopian with bullet injury in the head, died. They were all affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen.

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