Missing for over a week, Army man joins Hizbul Mujahideen

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

Releasing a statement on the Indian Army jawan who had reportedly gone missing since April 15 from south Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday said that the Indian soldier has joined Hizbul Mujahideen terror group. 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.

It may be mentioned here that police confirmation came after Mir's picture wielding an AK-47 rifle went viral on social media.

Mir Idrees Sultan had been posted in Bihar's Katihar. He went missing while he was on vacation at home. "We have lodged a missing complaint and we are in touch with his family", the SSP said, adding the soldier was supposed to return to Bihar on Tuesday.

When contacted, Defence spokesman Col N N Joshi told The Indian Express they are "ascertaining the details".

Shahid was arrested by the NIA in October past year after he was found receiving and collecting funds through global wire money transfer from Saudi Arabia-based Hizbul Mujahideen member Aijaz Ahmed Bhat. Yawar and six associates were killed on April 1. In July, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat from Pulwama district fled from his Army post in Uri.

The police, however, claims Mir, along with two Shopian locals joined the Hizbul ranks on Sunday. He had arrived in his village Safnagar in Shopian on April 12 and had been missing since Saturday night, police said. While Naveed joined Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba.