Protests rock Kashmir University against killing of student-turned-militant in Pulwama

The slain militant, according to the protesting students, was pursuing B. Pharmacy course at the varsity. He had joined militancy on October 2 and was associated with Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen.

A massive protest was held at the Kashmir University against the killing of a student-turned-militant in a shootout with the government forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The hostel boarders of Zakura campus besides MA and MAK boys hostel assembled at the main campus of Kashmir University in Hazratbal and staged a protest against the killing of Showkat Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Padgampora, Awantipora.

The slain militant, according to the protesting students, was pursuing B. Pharmacy course at the varsity. He had joined militancy on October 2 and was associated with Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen.

The protesting students paid homage to the slain militant outside the B. pharmacy department of the University and marched towards Sir Syed Gate to offer funeral prayers in absentia as well.

Eyewitnesses said the number of students was swelling as they marched towards the Sir Syed Gate.

Earlier, police said that Bhat was killed in an ambush laid by 50 RR of army and Special Operations Group of he state police in Dougam Kakapora.

An official said that Bhat was involved in yesterday’s grenade attack in Pattan that left three cops, including an officer, wounded.