Missing Indian Army man 'joins' terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen

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

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

A soldier from Jammu & Kashmir has reportedly quit the Indian Army and joined the indigenous militant group Hizbul Mujahideen. The jawan- named Idrees Mir was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI). The Armyman, identified by cops as Sepoy Idrees Mir, was seen holding an AK-47 rifle in a picture uploaded by militants. He was scheduled to move to Jharkhand, and is reported to have been unhappy about it. He went missing while he was on vacation at home. Mir was in the second year of his BA course when he joined the Army. 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. "The family told us he works with the Army". The Army maintains that he is "missing" and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit.

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 police, however, claims Mir, along with two Shopian locals joined the Hizbul ranks on Sunday.

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Mir is from Safanagri village in Shopian's Wachi constituency.

Shahid was arrested by the NIA in October a year ago after he was found receiving and collecting funds through global wire money transfer from Saudi Arabia-based Hizbul Mujahideen member Aijaz Ahmed Bhat. While Naveed joined Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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