Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui to be laid to rest at Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard

Danish Siddiqui will be laid to rest at the Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard in New Delhi. A death certificate issued by Afghan authorities revealed that multiple gunshot wounds caused the award-winning Indian photojournalist’s death.

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in clashes that broke out in Afghanistan’s Kandahar, will be laid to rest at the Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard in New Delhi, according to a statement by the university on Sunday.

Though the Jamia graveyard is exclusively meant for university employees, their spouses, and minor children, the Vice Chancellor of the university has made an exception for the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.

“Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice Chancellor accepted the request of the family of late photojournalist Danish Siddiqui to bury his body at the JMI graveyard meant exclusively for university employees, their spouses and minor child,” the university said in a statement.

Flight carrying mortal remains of Danish Siddiqui reached Delhi airport on Sunday evening.


The photojournalist was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city on Friday. He was on a reporting assignment embedded with the Afghan Special Forces.

Multiple gunshot wounds caused his death, as per the official death certificate issued by the Embassy of India in Kabul, Afghanistan.


A photojournalist with international news agency Reuters, Danish Siddiqui worked as a correspondent with the India Today Group from September 2008 to January 2010. Siddiqui had done his masters from the JMI University. His father, Akhtar Siddiqui, was the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the university.

Jamia Millia Islamia VC Prof Najma Akhtar and other officials of the university visited photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s home to offer condolences. Prof Akhtar said “Danish’s death is a loss not only to his family and Jamia fraternity but to the whole country”.

The Jamia Teachers’ Association (JTA) expressed condolences at the death of the photojournalist.

JTA president professor Majid Jamil described his death as a big loss to journalism and the Jamia community.

Source: India Today


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