Missing armyman 'joins' Hizbul 

Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined Hizb-ul on Sunday, police confirmed. Picture courtesy Twitter

An armyman from south Kashmir, who had been missing for the last few days, has joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, the police said on Monday.

Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined Hizb-ul on Sunday, police confirmed.

Mir, who was stationed in Bihar, is a resident of Safnag in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

His picture, brandishing an AK-47 rifle, surfaced on social media and has gone viral. For the last few years, this has been a signature style of youth announcing that they have joined the militancy.

Last year in July, another armyman from Kashmir had deserted his unit along with an AK-47 rifle to join Hizb-ul.

While several policemen in the last three years have joined militancy after fleeing with their service weapons, the trend of army men joining militant ranks is a dangerous one.

In May last year, a policeman decamped with four assault rifles from a post in central Kashmir's Budgam district and later joined Hizb-ul outfit.

In 2015, a cop-turned-militant, Naseer Ahmad Pandit, of the 11 battalion of the 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.

Pandit was later killed in an encounter with the security forces in 2016.

A policeman and a civilian were injured on Monday when militants opened fire at them in Shopian on Monday.

Reports said that the policeman, Bilal Ahmad, and the civilian, Rafiq Ahmad Lone, were riding a motorcycle when the shots were fired at the Main Chowk Shopian.

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