A local militant, hailing from Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, was found dead in Anchar lake in Srinagar on late Sunday evening.
Locals spotted a body in Anchar lake, the officials said.
They said an identity card was found on the body which revealed his identity as Amir Ahmad Malik, a resident of Zainapora in Shopian.
The deceased was reported missing in October 2020 and he joined terror outfit The Resistance Front, the officials said.
They said the circumstances of the militant’s death are being ascertained.
In a statement, the militant group said Amir Malik alias Akhter has joined TRF and had actively taken part in various attacks directly or indirectly. “He was not feeling well and was undergoing medical treatment. His both kidneys were not functioning well and got very seriously involved in this. He preferred to remain with other brothers in his ranks than going back home.” the statement said.
Even though being very ill and unable to move he took part in preparing recent low-intensity mines which were used in South and Central Kashmir, TRF said.
“Brothers/Freedom Fighters used to take turns to look after him as he was very much dear to all brothers. Today he breathed his last and we pray Almighty Allah to raise him in the highest ranks of Martyrs,” the statement said.
“Despite being ill he preferred to be a part of this resistance and always used to keep smiling and never ever was disappointed,” the statement said.