- Mohammad Rafi Bhat had gone missing on Friday
- Students had protested on campus, suspecting foul play
- He was among five Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in Shopian
Bhat, a resident of Chundina in Ganderbal district, 20 kilometres from Srinagar, taught Sociology at Kashmir University. A doctorate in Sociology, Bhat had cleared the University Grants Commission's Junior Research Fellowship. He had done research on globalisation and emerging trends in consumerism, a comparative study of rural and urban Kashmir.
His family on Saturday had told the police that he became untraceable since 3:30 pm on Friday. Bhat's mother said she spoke with him last on Friday and he gave no indication about his plan to take up arms.
Protests soon broke out on the university campus, with students alleging that there could be foul play over his disappearance. The university's vice-chancellor immediately met with the protesting students and assured them of tracing the missing professor in no time, and also sought the help of the Director General of Police.
This morning, the students found out where the professor had gone - he was among the five Hizbul Mujahideen shot dead by security forces during an encounter at Badigam village in south Kashmir's Shopian district.
"We brought his family from Ganderbal to persuade him to surrender, but the repeated attempts did not materialise," Inspector General of Police in Kashmir SP Pani said.
Mr Bhat was reportedly meeting Hizbul commander, Saddam Padder, when security forces launched the operation. The assistant professor had, however, reportedly joined the terrorist group a few years ago, police sources told NDTV.
With inputs from PTI
Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.