SRINAGAR: The family of a militant from Malangpora village of Pulwama district on Thursday came to Srinagar’s press enclave near Lal Chowk and appealed to their son to return home. Adil Bilal Bhat, 21, had left home to join militant ranks on October 7 last month, they said.
According to the family, Adil disappeared from the village after he told his parents that he was going out for work. “We searched for him here and there but there was no trace of him. Then, on the third day (after he disappeared), we filed a missing report at police station Pulwama,” said Adil’s father Bilal Ahmad, who claimed he was working in the police, told reporters at the press enclave here.
He said that a few days later, Adil’s photograph appeared on social media in which he was seen holding an assault rifle in his hands. According to several reports on social media, Adil had joined Hizbul Mujahideen.
Adil’s mother Haseena Akhtar broke down in tears in front of the media and said that her son was extremely religious. She said she does not know how he contacted militants. “He used to sit alone in his room and we could not know what was going on in his mind. He had no smartphone but a traditional one, as his father took precautions from the very beginning after several boys were reported to have joined militant ranks,” she said.
“I want to tell my son that this is not the way that you will leave your family. I have heard that one who wants to join militancy, needs to take proper consent from the family, especially the mother and father,” she said. “I hope you will listen to me and return for your mother and father.”
Bilal Ahmed, who himself works in the police, said that his son should listen to their advice as the police, too, had formed a policy that none of the new recruits will be booked under any charges.
“Police have assured us that we will be informed if he gets trapped in any encounter. But we don’t want to see him in that situation,” Bilal said.