Cop decamps with AK-47 in Jammu and Kashmir

Cop decamps with AK-47 in Jammu and Kashmir

Cop decamps with AK-47 in Jammu and Kashmir

A policeman in Jammu and Kashmir deserted his police station on Friday night,  taking  an AK-47 service rifle along with him.

The absconder,  Special Police Officer Mohammad Yaseen, was  posted at the Marwah police station  in Kishtwar  district.

Deputy Inspector General (Doda-Kishtwar range) Basant Kumar Rath said  the police are  in the process of  tracking Yaseen down.

Sources said Yaseen,  a native of  Shishnan village of Kishtwar, may have joined the militancy, like several other police officers who ran away with their service rifles in the last three years.

These officers had decamped with the service rifles of fellow officers and  joined the militancy.

In May  2017, a police  officer decamped with four assault rifles in central Kashmir's Budgam district and joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.

In 2015, a cop-turned-militant, Naseer Ahmad Pandit, of the 11 battalion of  Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police, who was posted at the guard room of PDP minister Altaf Bukhari's residence in Srinagar, decamped with two AK-47 rifles.

He  was killed in an encounter with the security forces in 2016.

Meanwhile, militants on Saturday evening lobbed a grenade at a police station in Shopian district. However, there  were no reports of damages.

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