Srinagar, May 06: Massive throng at absentia prayers of martyr Dr Rafi in Kashmir University
Srinagar, May6, 2018 : He was sorry if he had hurt his parents, the son told his father on the phone. It was the first call of the day that Fayaz Ahmed Bhat received from his sociologist son — and the last ever.
Bhat was still bleary-eyed at his residence in Chundhama in Ganderbal when his mobile phone rang early this morning, he told the police later.
It was his son Mohammed Rafi Bhat. Calling to bid farewell.
“I am sorry if I have hurt you,” Rafi told his father before he was martyred by the Indian occupation forces during clash at Shopian in South Kashmir today.
The father, accompanied by his mother, sister and wife, started their journey from their home to the Shopian while Indian forces violent operation was going on. But barely after reaching Bota Kadal, 14km from their home, they heard the news about Rafi’s end, martyred by Indian occupation forces by blasting a house.
The family returned home to prepare for his funeral.
“I am sorry if I have hurt you and this is my last call,” Rafi told his father.
Rafi Bhat, a 33-year-old professor on contract with the Kashmir University’s Sociology department, had left the varsity premises on Friday and had been missing since then.
Rafi, a Ph.D in his discipline, was among five martyred by Indian forces’ personnel at the Badigam area of Shopian, nearly 80km from his house.
Two of his first cousins had died in the early 1990s.
Massive throng at absentia prayers of martyr prof Dr Rafi in Kashmir University
Srinagar: Hundreds of Kashmir University students from different hostels of the varsity including girls hostels on Sunday marched through the campus raising slogans in favour of Pakistan, Azadi and against India; and offered funeral prayers in absentia to the slain scholar and assistant professor Dr Muhammad Rafi.
The martyred had gone missing on Friday afternoon from the University campus. He was working as Assistant Professor (Contractual) in the Sociology department of the varsity.
Sources said that the students assembled outside the Allama Iqbal library and offered funeral prayers.
Those who participated in the prayers included students, scholars and some faculty members.
The students, scholars and faculty members unanimously declared that they will visit the residence of the slain Assistant Professor on Monday and Tuesday and pay tributes to him. “We decided that we will visit Dr Rafi’s residence for the two consecutive days on Monday and Tuesday to express sympathy with the family of Rafi and pay glowing tributes to him,” a scholar told Kashmir Reader.
A student who participated in the funeral prayers said that it was decided that the students, scholars and faculty members including females will hold a massive congregation on Wednesday when the university will resume the routine.
Pertinently, the University administration has ordered suspension of classwork in the varsity on Monday and Tuesday while examinations scheduled have been postponed.
“As and when the university resumes the routine, we will hold a massive congregation in the university campus in honour of Dr Rafi to pay tributes to him,” a student said.
Dr Rafi Bhat was awarded doctorate degree in November last year. He had completed his Ph.D programme on whole time basis in department of Sociology after successfully defending his thesis entitled “Globalization and emerging trends in Consumerism: A comparative study of rural and urban Kashmir”.
Besides a PhD, Bhat had qualified National Elegibility Test and Junior Research Fellowship of the University Grants Commission (India), a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance to the UGC Act 1956 under Ministry of Human Resource Development, that is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education.