Jammu and Kashmir: Army soldier may have joined Hizbul Mujahideen, say reports

Jammu and Kashmir: Army soldier may have joined Hizbul Mujahideen, say reports

However, local media reports say the terror outfit released a picture of the runaway soldier holding an AK-47 and claiming he had joined it.

Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined the group yesterday, a police official said. "We are ascertaining the details of the case", the officer said on condition of anonymity, adding his family had informed police a few days ago that their son was missing. "The family told us he works with the Army". Mir reportedly joined Hizbul Mujahideen on Sunday. Mir was to be posted to Jharkhand and was unhappy about the move, a PTI report said.

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The development comes barely a fortnight after Mir's neighbour Yawar Ahmad Yatoo was killed in an encounter at Draggad village of Shopian. In July, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat from Pulwama district fled from his Army post in Uri. His picture, too, was uploaded by militants on social media.

The text slapped on the photo of Mir, also known as Chota Abrar, says he joined the home-grown militant outfit on April 15. While Naveed joined Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. He had arrived in his home village in South Kashmir's Shopian on April 12, and has been missing since April 14. The area has a significant presence of militants, especially of Hizbul Mujahideen. Citing Jammu and Kashmir police officials, news agency PTI reported that the army man, a junior ranking jawan, was missing since the beginning of April.

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