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3 Days after Tweeting to Police for Help, Advocate Shot Dead at Home by Militants in Srinagar

Baber Qadri. (Twitter/ANI)

Baber Qadri. (Twitter/ANI)

Baber Qadri, in his early 40s, was rushed to SKIMS hospital where doctors declared him "dead on arrival".

Unidentified militants shot dead an advocate in Hawal area of the Srinagar on Thursday, police said. The ultras fired upon advocate Babar Qadri at his Hawal residence around 6.25 pm from close range before fleeing the spot, a police official said.

Qadri, in his early 40s, was rushed to the SKIMS hospital, where doctors declared him 'dead on arrival', according to the official. The advocate, who used to appear on TV debates and write opinion pages for local newspapers, was not liked by separatist circles.

Three days ago, he had tweeted a screenshot and urged the police in Jammu to register an FIR against a Facebook user for spreading "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, Qadri had written in his last tweet.

The advocate becomes second political or social activist to be shot dead by militants in the past 24 hours. Bhupinder Singh, a member of the block development council in Khag area of Budgam district, was shot dead by militants at his ancestral village Dalwash on Wednesday night.


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