Militant Found Dead In Soura Laid To Rest

Family Says Amir Was A Kidney Patient, Suspect Renal Failure Caused His Death

Srinagar: A day after an Al-Badr militant’s body was found abandoned near a shrine in Soura area of this capital city, his family said on Monday that their son was diagnosed with a renal failure and may have died of kidney ailments like his mother and elder brother.

22-year-old Amir Gafoor Malik alias Akhtar Bhai, an active militant of the Al-Badr was found dead outside the main entrance of the Janab Sahib Shrine in Anchar area of Srinagar’s Soura. His death had triggered speculations about infighting between the militant groups.

“I’m sure he died because of a kidney failure as our family has a long-existing history of renal failure deaths,” Amir’s brother, Saqlain Malik told Kashmir Observer on Monday.

“There may have been an infection to his kidney that caused his death.”

The Malik family has a long existing history of deaths due to kidney failure. Almost 8 years back, Amir’s mother passed away after suffering from acute prerenal kidney failure and soon after her death, Amir’s elder brother passed away at his home in Shopian, suffering from the same disease.

As a teenager Amir was yet to overcome the grief of separation, he was soon diagnosed with a renal failure. As a labourer Amir’s father Gafoor Ahmed Malik couldn’t do much except donate one of his kidneys in order to save his second son.

According to officials, Amir joined militant ranks in October last year and was a category-C militant of Al-Badr outfit.

A senior police officer told Kashmir Observer that there are unconfirmed reports about an ongoing rift between Al-Badr and The Resistance Front outfits.

“It looks like Al-Badr’s active militants are choosing TRF over their parental organisation and the same fact may have driven the Al-Badr ranks into a mode of disarray,” he said while wishing not to be named.

He further added that there is a high possibility that Amir had fallen prey to the same rift, resulting in his death.

“Once the ongoing investigation rests, the puzzle will be solved,” the officer added.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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