Missing army man joins Hizbul Mujahideen: Jammu and Kashmir Police officials

Sergio Conner
April 17, 2018

Shopian SSP Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told Express it was confirmed that the army man had joined the militant group.Dinkar said that according to his family, Idrees had left home on Sunday evening and not returned.

An Indian Army soldier from Kashmir who has been missing since Saturday may have joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group, police have said. The Armyman, identified by cops as Sepoy Idrees Mir, who was posted with the 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in Bihar, joined Hizbul along with two others on Sunday, police said.

His father, Mohammed Sultan Mir, approached the police station this morning and reported that his son had been missing. In a separate incident, an Army porter was killed in cross-border shelling along the Line of Control in Uri of North Kashmir's Baramulla on Monday. Two policemen from south Kashmir, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar and Syed Naveed also joined militant outfits.

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His call records and other activities were being probed by the police to ascertain whether he was in touch with any anti-national elements, they said. The Army maintains that he is "missing" and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit. Mir was posted in Bihar's Danapur. Meanwhile, a special police officer and a youth were injured after militants opened fire at Bungam area of south Kashmir's Shopian district on Monday.

A year ago in July, another armyman, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat from Pulwama district, fled from his Army post in Uri with an AK-47 rifle to join Hizbul Mujahideen.

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