Srinagar: Aqib Mushtaq, the missing LLB 3rd semester student of Kashmir University, was found by police at his rented accommodation in Habbak area of Srinagar on Friday and handed over to university authorities, police said. Aqib told Kashmir Reader that he went into hiding to escape two strangers he saw following him on Tuesday, after threats were made to him by unknown persons over his speech at a student demonstration in the varsity campus.
“On Tuesday evening, when I decided to go home (in Shopian) for a few days, I saw two men, who seemed to be in their 30s, following me. Worried, I boarded a bus and tried to evade them. I also tore my phone SIM card and went to SKIMS hospital to stay the night there,” Aqib Mushtaq told Reader.
A native of Pinjora area of Shopian, Aqib Mushtaq had mysteriously disappeared on Tuesday after leaving the university campus. His fellow students said that Aqib had told them of threats he had received from unknown persons after he addressed a students’ gathering to protest civilian killings in Kulgam district.
Superintendent of Police Hazratbal told Kashmir Reader that Aqib told the police that he was under stress because of fear for his safety. He told the police that he had spentTuesday night at SKIMS hospital in Soura, Wednesday night at SMHS hospital, and on Thursday he went in the day to his friend’s house in Baramulla from where he returned to SMHS hospital to spend the night there.
After recording his statement, he was handed over to the Chief Proctor of Kashmir University in presence of his relatives and friends, police said.
Aqib said that he kept roaming roads during the day and chose hospitals in Srinagar to sleep for the night. “On Friday morning, I saw a news report in a local newspaper and learnt about the protests that had taken place at the university on Thursday. I immediately rushed to my rented accommodation in Habbak at about 10am. A team of police came there and picked me up. They took me to Nigeen police station, from where I was released on Friday noon,” Aqib told Reader.
Protests were held by university students over the mysterious disappearance of Aqib, putting pressure on the administration and police to speed up efforts to find him.
Varsity hails police
“The University of Kashmir appreciates the efforts of J&K Police Department authorities in general, and Superintendent of Police (Hazratbal) Naveed Peerzada, in particular—and also office of Chief Proctor—in tracing the student,” said a statement issued by the varsity.
University authorities had formally taken up the issue with director general of police Dr SP Vaid on Thursday and requested him to investigate into the student’s disappearance on priority.