Army Man Joins Hizbul Mujahideen: J&K Police Officials

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

Mir Idrees Sultan, who was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) regiment, joined the group yesterday, a police official said. While the Army had declared him "missing", the PTI report suggested that Mir had joined Hizbul Mujahideen along with two locals, who too, have been missing. Reports said Mir had gone missing a couple of weeks ago with his last location traced to Shopian.

The soldier, Idrees Mir, reportedly joined the group on Sunday, said reports quoting a senior police officer.

His father, Mohammed Sultan Mir, approached the police station on Monday morning and reported that his son had been missing. However, PTI noted that the cops had not made this part of the formal paperwork. The Army so far maintained that he is "missing" with no information about his joining any terror group. There is also no clarity on whether he had travelled to Kashmir on leave or had run away.

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.

Security agencies say pointing out the educational qualification of anyone who has received even a day past a school education is a recruiting tool. This is the fourth case since 2017, terrorists have been trying to recruit Indian soldiers in J&K.

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