Years after rescuing armed forces personnel in floods, youth ‘joins militancy’

Srinagar: A 25-year-old youth from Sambora Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, who had gone missing more than a week ago, has reportedly joined militancy.

The youth, identified as Asif Muzaffar Shah, a resident of Sambora Pulwama, left home on August 10 and despite family’s search to every possible place he could visit, they have not found any clue bout his presence.

In September 2014, floods, Shah reportedly rescued around 2 dozen armed forces personnel in Pampore. He had said that this was his “religious duty to save those in need”.

Meanwhile, a report by a local news agency KNT said that Asif has joined militant ranks.

According to Shah’s family, on August 14, they approached police station Pampore and lodged a ‘missing’ report and sought help from police in tracing their family member.

Shah, according to the family, had done Bachelors in Arts subject and was currently running a stationery shop in Pulwama’s Kakapora village.

The family says he had left home to offer prayers at around 1pm on August 10, and never returned.

Shah is survived by father, mother and a teenager brother.


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