Missing south Kashmir Army man joins Hizb

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An Army man from Shopian who was missing for the past few days is suspected to have joined militancy, police said. 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. However, local media reports say the terror outfit released a picture of the runaway soldier holding an AK-47 and claiming he had joined it. He went missing while he was on vacation at home.

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to the National Investigative Agency (NIA) on a plea filed by Syed Shahid, son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, challenging a trial court's order which increased his custody. Mir was posted in Bihar's Danapur. "Details are being ascertained", Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia told the daily.

A year ago in July, another armyman, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat from Pulwama district, fled from his Army post in Uri with an AK-47 rifle to join Hizbul Mujahideen. On another hand, the state government welcomed the Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's statement that gun was not a solution and neither the Army nor the militants would achieve their goals through it in Kashmir.

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Mir is from Safanagri village in Shopian's Wachi constituency. Bhat's picture, too, was uploaded by militants on social media. While Naveed joined Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. The area has a significant presence of militants, especially of Hizbul Mujahideen.

He had arrived at his native village on April 12 and had been missing since Saturday night, police officials said.