Missing army man has joined Hizbul Mujahideen terror group: J&K police

Indian Army soldiers take their positions near the site of a gunbattle on the outskirts

An Army jawan who went missing in south Kashmir earlier this month is reported to have joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group, police said Monday. The soldier, according to the picture, joined the Hizbul Mujahideen on Sunday.According to the picture, Idrees has studied till BSc second year and was serving in the Army's 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) in Bihar.

This comes after a photograph of the soldier, identified as Idrees Sultan Mir, brandishing an assault rifle surfaced on social media.

Recently, he was posted to Jharkhand and was unhappy about the move, the police said. He went missing while he was on vacation at home. The army is ascertaining the details, Col Rajesh Kalia, the defence spokesperson in Srinagar, said. 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.

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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.

In July last, a Kashmiri soldier, Zahoor Ahmad Thokar, deserted his unit, took away his service rifle and joined the Hizbul, which is active in south Kashmir and has local youth in its ranks. While Naveed joined Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. Wachi legislator Ajaz Ahmad Mir said he had reports that three boys from his area joined militants in three days after the April 1 twin encounters in Shopian.

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