New Delhi: Danish Siddiqui, the Reuters photojournalist who was killed in clashes in Afghanistan on Friday last week, was laid to rest at the graveyard of Jamia Milia Islamia University, also his alma mater, on Sunday evening.
The graveyard is usually reserved for burial of employees of Jamia, their spouses and minor children. However, upon request from Siddiqui’s family, university vice-chancellor Najma Akhtar made an exception to the rule. He was an alumnus of the 2005-07 batch.
Siddiqui, a Pulitzer prize winner, had been embedded as a journalist with the Afghan Special forces in Kandahar earlier last week, Reuters had said. He had been tasked with reporting the fight between the forces and Taliban. On Friday, he was covering one such clash in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar when he was shot. The cause of his death was stated as ‘multiple gunshot wounds’.
In a statement, Taliban had expressed regret over Danish Siddiqui’s death and had said it was not aware of the journalist’s presence. It denied involvement in his killing.
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