J&K Lawyer Babar Qadri Shot Dead by Militants, SIT to Probe Case

Qadri reportedly used to appear on TV debates, but was not liked by the separatist circles.

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Jammu and Kashmir advocate Babar Qadri.
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A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to look into the murder of Jammu and Kashmir advocate Babar Qadri, who was shot dead by unidentified terrorists in Srinagar on Thursday, 24 September, news agency ANI reported, quoting the police.

“Two terrorists posing as clients visited Babar Qadri yesterday seeking legal advice. During the meeting, he was shot four times in the head and died on the way to the hospital,” Vijay Kumar, IG, J&K said on Friday, ANI added.

The incident took place at Qadri's residence in Hawal in Srinagar around 6:25 pm. Qadri, 40, was then rushed to SKIMS hospital, where he was reportedly declared ‘dead on arrival’.

According to PTI, Qadri used to appear on TV debates and write for opinion pages of local papers, but was not liked by the separatist circles.

Qadri’s death comes a few days after he took to Twitter to share a screenshot, requested the police to file a case against a Facebook user for spreading a "wrong campaign" against him.

"I urge the state Police administration to register FIR against this Shah Nazir who has spread wrong campaign that I work for agencies. This untrue statement can lead to threat to my life," he had written in what is his last tweet.

Funeral procession held for Qadri.
Funeral procession held for Qadri.
(Photo Courtesy: Muneeb ul Islam)

The attackers fled after the incident, and the police is conducting a search operation to nab them, IANS reported.

Omar Abdullah, PDP Condemn Incident

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condemn the incident. "The sense of tragedy is all the more because he warned of the threat. Sadly, his warning was his last tweet," Abdullah tweeted.

J&K Lawyer Babar Qadri Shot Dead by Militants, SIT to Probe Case

In his last tweet, Qadri has asked the police to file an FIR against one person for spreading "wrong campaign that I work for agencies". "This untrue statement can lead to threat to my life," he had tweeted.

The PDP also condemned the killing.

J&K Lawyer Babar Qadri Shot Dead by Militants, SIT to Probe Case

This incident comes just a day after a Block Development Council (BDC) chairperson was killed by militants in J&K's Budgam on Wednesday.

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)

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