J&K lawyer and activist Babar Qadri, 40, shot dead by militants

Qadri had tweeted a few days back suspecting threat to his life.

Qadri was very vocal about his criticism of abolition of Article 370.

Advocate Babar Qadri, 40, was shot dead by militants in Srinagar on September 24.

The incident happened at Qadri’s house in Hawal area of Srinagar on Thursday evening. The lawyer from Srinagar was then rushed to SKIMS hospital where he was declared ‘dead on arrival’. Police said he was hit by a single bullet. The attackers fled after shooting the lawyer, the police said.

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Qadri was popular on TV debates and wrote for local papers. However, the separatists despised him.

A few days back, Qadri shared a screenshot on Twitter requesting 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 his last tweet.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed grief at Qadri’s death. He tweeted: “The assassination of Babar Qadri this evening is tragic & I unequivocally condemn it. The sense of tragedy is all the more because he warned of the threat. Sadly his warning was his last tweet.”

Qadri was very vocal about his criticism of abolition of Article 370. In one of the tweets he wrote: “Abolition of Art 370 and art 35 A was never done for the interest of Indian people rather it was done to promote capitalists. Soil & sand is being excavated by companies now,which was a source of livelihood to poor Kashmiri. Jahlim and Hokarsar is being dredged out by  companies.”

Qadri is the second public person to be shot dead by terrorists in the last 24 hours. Bhupinder Singh, a block development council chairman in Budgam district, was shot dead on Wednesday night.

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