Professor's killing shows just jobs, development not answer to Kashmir's issues: Omar

  • Professor's killing shows just jobs, development not answer to Kashmir's issues: Omar

Professor's killing shows just jobs, development not answer to Kashmir's issues: Omar

Bhat was trapped along with militants in the gunfight. Another police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 30 people were injured in clashes with Indian forces who fired live ammunition, pellet guns and teargas.

A policeman and a soldier of 44 Rashtriya Riffles were also injured in the encounter.

Rafi Bhat, a 33-year-old professor on contract with the Kashmir University's Sociology department, had left the varsity premises on Friday and had been missing since then. Paddar was a close aide of Burhan Wani, the slain terrorist and Hizbul commander. The students and the faculty members blamed the authorities and security forces for Bhat's disappearance.

Therefore, he said, all train runs between Srinagar-Badgam and Baramlla in north Kashmir have been suspended today.

Gunmen also entered a civilian home in Sopore area and sprayed bullets at the residents, police said, leading to death of a young man. Hundreds of people were injured in the protests, according to doctors.

The slain identified as Sajad Rather of Sehpora Dooru, Zubair Ahmad Nigro of Ayangund Rajpora, Yasir of Shopian and Adil Bashir Ganie of Mahgund Ashmuji Kulgam. Earlier, Asif Ahmad of Rohmou village of Pulwama died in a Srinagar hospital due to injuries suffered in the clashes.

The security forces including Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had surrounded Badigam following a tip-off about the presence of militants. Their families were brought to the encounter site and repeated appeals were made through public address system to them to give up arms and hand themselves over to law "but in vain".

Just providing jobs and ensuring development is not the solution that will end "violence and alienation" in Kashmir, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday referring to the killing in an encounter of an assistant professor who allegedly had joined terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.

"We have again suspended train service in the Kashmir valley following fresh directive from police", a railway official told UNI.

Twenty persons, including 13 militants and three Army personnel, were killed as security forces launched "coordinated", multiple operations in Shopian and Anantnag in south Kashmir on Sunday, 1st April.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, called for a march towards the civil secretariat in Srinagar, tomorrow, to protest against the continuous bloodshed in the occupied territory.

"Words fail to express the pain of the tragedy unfolding in Shopian as the count of the brutally killed by Indian forces keeps rising!"