The life of Mohmmad Rafi Bhat, an Assistant Professor at Kashmir University’s Sociology department, as a militant lasted less than 36 hours as he was among the five militants killed by government forces in a gunfight at Badigam village in Imam Sahib area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district Sunday morning.
Five civilians were also killed by the forces soon after militant killings.
Bhat’s involvement with militancy began sometime late afternoon on Friday and ended after he was trapped in a cordon at Badigam late Saturday night, reports said. He has perhaps the shortest active time in militancy in the Kashmir.
Bhat, a resident of Chundina area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, was a contractual Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department of the university and went missing around 3.30 pm on Friday.
He spoke to his mother the last time that day without giving any hint about his short-lived future plans, a report said.
Bhat’s family informed university authorities about his disappearance on Saturday morning, following which protests rocked the varsity campus over his disappearance.
The university’s Vice-Chancellor had met the protesting students and assured them that all efforts would be made to trace the missing Professor.
He had also written to the Director-General of Police, requesting him that all efforts be made to trace Bhat’s whereabouts.
However, on Sunday morning Bhat was among the militants trapped in an encounter in Badigam village in Zainapora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
The gunfight broke out after a cordon and search operation was launched by governement forces following specific information about the presence of militants in the area.
“Reportedly, Bhat is among the militants trapped there. After receiving the input about his presence there, we brought his family from Ganderbal to persuade him to surrender, but so far, repeated attempts have not materialized,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, S P Pani had said earlier.