May 2018 News

Kashmir University Professor Goes Missing, Students Protest

5 May 2018
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Rifat Mohidin

Srinagar: Protests erupted at the University of Kashmir on Saturday over the disappearance of a contractual Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Chief proctor of the university Naseer Iqbal said Assistant Professor Rafi Bhat from central Kashmir had held a class on Friday but did not reach home. 'He held one class and left the university. He had called his family but did not reach home,' the chief proctor said, adding that the professor had also met one of his friends after leaving the campus. The official said the family of the missing teacher approached the university on Saturday morning. 'We have lodged a missing report with the police. They are investigating,' he said. Iqbal said the professor was working at the university for the past one year. The students from the Department of Social Work and Sociology held a protest at the varsity on Saturday, demanding the whereabouts of the teacher. 'We want the university to intervene and find the professor. As usual, he attended a class on Friday. The incident needs to be probed,' said one of the protesting students. Officials at the University of Kashmir have held a meeting and asked the police to speed up the process of finding the teacher.