Army’s ‘Saviour’ In 2014 Floods Takes Up Arms

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Srinagar: A Pampore youth, who won praise for saving dozens of soldiers during devastating floods in 2014, has reportedly joined militant ranks, six years after his heroic acts.

A resident of Sambora in saffron town of Pampore, Asif Muzaffar Shah has reportedly joined militant ranks, ten days after he went missing, news agency KNT reported Saturday. His family had filed a missing report on August 14 at the police station, after he failed to return home.

Shah, an arts graduate was running a perfume-cum-stationary shop at Kakpora area of the district.

The report further says that Shah was arrested on charges of supporting militants following the deadliest attack on state forces in Lethpora in 2019 in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Pertinently, Shah is said to have played a saviour’s role in rescuing over two dozen soldiers, who were trapped in flash floods triggered by incessant rains in September 2014.

For his bravery, the report said Shah was hailed by army and the state authorities.

The report also quoted a police official as saying that the investigations were on but prima facie it seems the youth in question has joined militancy.

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