KU Student ‘Missing’ Since Feb 21; Police say, ‘Not In Our Custody’

SRINAGAR: A law student of Kashmir University (KU) is mysteriously missing from varsity campus since February 21. For last four days, police and KU officials have failed to trace his whereabouts.

Identified as Aqib Malik, studying law in third semester, he was last seen around 4 PM in KU Hazratbal campus.

On Thursday, massive protests broke out in the varsity seeking attention of the authorities regarding the case. The students boycotted classes demanding immediate action in the case.

Hundreds of students gathered in front of the law department, shouting slogans and demanding the whereabouts of the missing fellow.

Aqib hails from Pinjoora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

A student representative of banned Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) informed that Aqib had joined a student protest in the campus against Kulgam killings on February 14. Four militants and two civilians were killed in Frisal Kulgam on Feb 14.

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One of the protesting students told the Kashmir Observer, “the student after attending his class, left the University on 21 February but did not reach his home in Shopian.”

When contacted to Superintendent of Police Hazratbal, Peerzada Naveed said, “we have not arrested any student from the University (of Kashmir).”

The police officer, however, admitted that Aqib had participated in the February 14 protest as he figures in the video of protesters.

“Perhaps he is scared of being apprehended and is lying low,” the officer told Kashmir Observer, adding police have registered a “missing” report and was on the job to trace him.

“The student has not been picked up by the police. He has left the university campus on February 21, we are in contact with the police authorities and are trying our best to locate him,” Chief Procter of KU, Naseer Iqbal, said.

The family of Aqib told KNS that he left the campus on last Tuesday to reach home but “unfortunately their beloved went missing in the way”.

“The officials tried to trace his location but his phone has gone switched off at Batamaloo,” Mushtaq Ahmad, father of Aqib said demanding police to trace his whereabouts.

J&K Police Issue A Statement

On Thursday late evening, J&K police spokesperson issued a statement regarding the issue which is being produced here verbatim for larger public interest.

As reported by the Proctor, University of Kashmir on 22.02.2017 that Aqib Mushtaq Malik, son of Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident of Pinjura Shopian, student of 3rd Semester of LLB University of Kashmir was missing from 21-02-2017 evening.

Following this information, a missing report was lodged in Police Station Nigeen and efforts are being made to trace out the missing student.

Meanwhile, some of the students have alleged that the missing student was picked by police. The allegations are refuted as the missing student was not required for any investigation by police.

It has sought cooperation from students’ relatives and his friends in tracing out the said student at the earliest.

Duty Of Govt To Trace Student: Hurriyat (M)

Expressing concern over the disappearance of a Kashmir University student for the past several days, Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday termed the protest demonstration of KU students demanding his whereabouts as “justifiable, reasonable and legitimate”.

The Hurriyat said in a statement: “Kashmiri students have often been at the receiving end of atrocities and harassment while the just demands of these students are meted with excessive use of force by government forces.” “It is the duty of the government to trace the whereabouts of disappeared student.”

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