Police traced Aquib Malik, a third semester LLB student at the Kashmir University, and handed him over to the university authorities on Friday, three days after his mysterious disappearance.
The police said Malik was traced at Habak in Nigeen area of Srinagar. The area is near to the university.
During interrogation Malik reportedly told the police that he was “under stress” for some unknown reasons and he spent last three nights in different places.
Malik, a native of Pinjoora in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, had taken active part in protests on the university campus against the recent death of two civilians in an encounter in Kulgam.
Sources said he became paranoid about his safety after the news about him being at the forefront of the campus protests spread.
In a statement police said after Malik went “missing”, he had spent the first night at the SKIMS hospital in Soura and the second night at SMHS hospital.
The following day he visited a friend’s house in Baramulla in north Kashmir and spent the last night again at SMHS hospital, the police said.
Malik was last seen in the afternoon of February 21, his friends had told HT on Thursday.
“After proper counseling the student was handed over to the chief proctor of the university in presence of his relatives and friends,” the statement said.
The university, in a communiqué, appreciated the efforts of the police and the office of the chief proctor in tracing the “missing” student.