Militant killed in Budgam had rescued forces’ personnel in 2014 floods

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The militant who was killed in central Kashmir’s Budgam district yesterday in a gunfight had rescued over two dozen government forces’ personnel during the 2014 floods.

Asif Muzaffar Shah, a resident of Sambora Pampore village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district was killed yesterday in a gunfight with government forces in Nawhar village of Charar-e-Sharif town of Budgam district.

Mr. Shah was appreciated by the government and local army unit for rescuing over two dozen troopers during the 2014 floods in Pampore. At least two troopers drowned in that incident.

He was, however, picked up for questioning in connection with Lethpora blast that killed over forty paramilitary troopers. “He was detained and released several times while before joining militancy he was summoned by National Investigating Agency. Instead of reporting at police station, he left home and sent a message to his family, not to waste time in locating him.”

A family member on condition of anonymity told a local news agency, Kashmir News Trust (KNT) that after rescuing over two dozen troopers in the 2014 floods, the local army unit had offered him monetary assistance and even assured him of adjusting in the army, but he declined the offer saying it was his duty to save lives of ‘helpless’ people.

Mr. Shah had completed his graduation from Degree College Pulwama and was running a book shop in Kakapora area of Pulwama. Meanwhile, after completion of medicolegal formalities, the dead body of the killed militant Asif Muzafar Shah was buried in North Kashmir’s Handwara.

Police have registered a case vide FIR number 102/2020 under relevant sections with regard to Nawhar gunfight. (KNT)

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