Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Indian army soldier joins Hizbul Mujahideen

Indian army soldier joins Hizbul Mujahideen

The matter was highlighted after a photograph of the missing soldier with a rifle, went viral on social media.

A soldier from Jammu & Kashmir has reportedly quit the Indian Army and joined the indigenous militant group Hizbul Mujahideen. Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined the group on Sunday, a police official said.

On Monday morning, his father, Mohammed Sultan Mir, filed a missing complaint with the police. The army is ascertaining the details, Col Rajesh Kalia, the defence spokesperson in Srinagar, said. The 23-year-old had joined the Army three years ago and was declared missing when he did not return until April 13-14. According to the police, Mir was posted to Jharkhand and was unhappy about the move. Yawar and six associates were killed on April 1.

It is common for young men in the Valley to announce their allegiance to militant outfits through social media by releasing pictures with weapons and in fatigues. The officer also added the two other locals who had also gone missing, joined Hizbul along Mir. In July, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat from Pulwama district fled from his Army post in Uri. While Dar joined Lashkar-e-Toiba, Naveed is associated with Hizbul Mujahideen. The area has a significant presence of militants, especially of Hizbul Mujahideen.

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.

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