Youth shot dead at Hazratbal not IUST student: Varsity VC

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Srinagar: Vice-chancellor (VC) Islamic University of Science and Technology Prof Mushtaq Siddiqui on Saturday rejected the reports that the slain youth killed at Naseem Bagh was the varsity’s student.

Contesting the reports that the youth shot dead at Naseem Bagh Hazratbal was a student of the varsity, the Vice-chancellor said the varsity got the reports cross-checked from the Police authorities as well, the VC according to reports said.

“I talked to SSP Srinagar who said the identity card recovered from the body seems to be fake. We also checked from the student inventory of the varsity and we didn’t find any student by this name,” VC IUST said.

He said the news reports on social media and other portals which claim that the deceased was a student of IUST are not correct.

“The University doesn’t have any student of this name. There is no match of the information in the student list of IUST as is shown on the identity card of the deceased,” Prof Siddique said.

Earlier, in the day, after the incident, an ID card of IUST was recovered from the slain youth’s pocket which identified him as Ishfaq Ahmad.

However, later police sources identified the slain youth as Asif Nazir Dar son of Nazir Ahmad Dar and a resident of Panzgaam in Awantipore.

They said that the slain was an active militant associated with Zakir Musa group.