Miss­ing se­poy resur­faces as Hizb mem­ber

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Srinagar: A Kash­miri sol­dier, who had gone miss­ing af­ter leav­ing his home at Saf­na­gari vil­lage on Satur­day, has joined the Hizbul Mu­ja­hedeen in south Kash­mir’s Shopian district. Mir Idrees was a se­poy with the 12th bat­tal­ion of Jammu and Kash­mir Light In­fantry (JAKLI). Shock and dis­be­lief gripped the Val­ley on Mon­day af­ter a pic­ture of Idrees bran­dish­ing an AK 47 ri­fle ap­peared on so­cial me­dia net­work­ing sites, with an in­scrip­tion say­ing he joined the militant out­fit on Sun­day.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, Shopian, Am­barkar Shri­ram Dinkar told DNA they were ver­i­fy­ing Idrees’s iden­tity with his fam­ily.

Srinagar: Dis­be­lief gripped the val­ley af­ter a Kash­miri army man joined the Hizbul Mu­jahideen militant out­fit in south Kash­mir’s Shopian district. Mir Idrees, a se­poy with the 12th bat­tal­ion of Jammu and Kash­mir Light In­fantry (JAKLI), had gone miss­ing af­ter leav­ing his home at Saf­na­gari vil­lage on Satur­day.

How­ever, on Mon­day, his pic­ture bran­dish­ing an AK-47 ri­fle went vi­ral af­ter it was re­leased on so­cial net­work­ing sites. Ac­cord­ing to the sum­mary in­scribed on the pic­ture, he has joined the Hizbul Mu­jhadeen on Sun­day.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice, Shopian, Am­barkar Shri­ram Dinkar told DNA that his pic­ture has gone vi­ral and they are ver­i­fy­ing the avail­able in­for­ma­tion with his fam­ily. “We are ver­i­fy­ing it with his fam­ily. We have no in­for­ma­tion about his post­ing. We will check these de­tails”, he said.

This is not the first time that an army trooper joined the mil­i­tancy in Kash­mir. In July last year, Se­poy Za­hoor Ah­mad Thokar, of 173 Ter­ri­to­rial Army (En­gi­neers), joined Hizbul Mu­jhadeen, 23 days af­ter he de­serted his unit at Gan­ta­mulla in North Kash­mir’s Bara­mulla and de­camped with an AK-47 ri­fle and three mag­a­zines.

Mir is the third youth who had for­mally joined mil­i­tancy in the last one month in the Kash­mir val­ley. On March 28, pic­tures of an 18-year-old youth from Khan­yar Srinagar, bran­dish­ing an AK-47 ri­fle, went vi­ral af­ter it was re­leased on so­cial net­work­ing sites by Lashkar-e-Taiba.

On March 24, pic­tures of a 27-year-old Ju­naid Ashraf Sehrai bran­dish­ing an AK-47 ri­fle went vi­ral af­ter it was re­leased on so­cial net­work­ing sites. Wear­ing a skull cap, Ju­naid alias Amaar Bhai, was seen with the ri­fle, in­di­cat­ing that he has joined the Hizbul. It is a usual trait of the militant out­fit of an­nounc­ing the join­ing of a new cadre. Ju­naid is the son of chair­man of Tehreek-eHur­riyat Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Sehrai, who re­port­edly joined Hizbul Mu­jahideen out­fit in Kash­mir.

Ish­faq-ul-Has­san

An im­age of Mir Idrees, pur­port­edly with an AK-47 ri­fle

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