Srinagar: 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.
Rafi was killed by government forces in an encounter along with top Hizb commander Saddam Padder earlier today in Badigam village of Shopian district.
The slain had gone missing on Friday afternoon from the University campus.He was working as Assistant Professor (Contractual) in the Sociology department of the varsity.
Sources said that the students assembled outside the Allama Iqbal library and offered funeral prayers.
Those who participated in the prayers included students, scholars and some faculty members.
The students, scholars and faculty members unanimously declared that they will visit the residence of the slain Assistant Professor on Monday and Tuesday and pay tributes to him. “We decided that we will visit Dr Rafi’s residence for the two consecutive days on Monday and Tuesday to express sympathy with the family of Rafi and pay glowing tributes to him,” a scholar told Kashmir Reader.
A student who participated in the funeral prayers said that it was decided that the students, scholars and faculty members including females will hold a massive congregation on Wednesday when the university will resume the routine.
Pertinently, the University administration has ordered suspension of classwork in the varsity on Monday and Tuesday while examinations scheduled have been postponed.
“As and when the university resumes the routine, we will hold a massive congregation in the university campus in honour of Dr Rafi to pay tributes to him,” a student said.
Dr Rafi joined militant ranks purportedly on Friday after he went missing. He was trapped early today in an encounter along with Saddam Padder, the top Hizb commander and longest surviving militant of Burhan Wani group, Bilal Mohand, Adil Ahmad and Sheikh Tauseef.
All the five were killed by the government forces after the house they were staying in was cordoned off by the forces.
Bhat was awarded doctorate degree in November last year. He had completed his Ph.D programme on whole time basis in department of Sociology after successfully defending his thesis entitled “Globalization and emerging trends in Consumerism: A comparative study of rural and urban Kashmir”.
Besides a PhD, Bhat had qualified National Elegibility Test and Junior Research Fellowship of the University Grants Commission (Inida), a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance to the UGC Act 1956 under Ministry of Human Resource Development, that is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education.