Sopore: Missing youth may have joined militant ranks

Srinagar: Three youth including a postgraduate student, who had gone missing from north Kashmir’s Sopore town last month, may have joined militant ranks, reports quoting police said Tuesday.
On May 14, police had received information that three youth in the age group of 20 to 23 have gone missing from the town. “We accordingly called their family members for clarification and they admitted that the trio is missing,” a local news agency CNS quoted a police official as saying on the condition of anonymity.
Two youth hail from Brathkalan and one from Duroo village, which is the native place of Hurriyat Conference (G) chief Syed Ali Geelani.
“Well placed sources in Counter-Intelligence Unit identified the trio as Reyaz Ahmad Mir and Adil Ahmad Mir (of Brath Kalan) and Sameer Ahmad Wani (Duroo),” the CNS said.
Adil was pursuing Master’s in Economics from Barkatullah University Bhopal, and as per reports he was supposed to join his classes on May 25. “We have inputs that two of them are roaming in Kupwara forests with Lashkar-e-Toiba cadres who are mostly non-locals. It is not easy to locate all of them at this time. Sameer was already in touch with militants from 2007 and he was also associated with ‘Tableegi Jammat’ and is aware about the terrains of Kupwara,” the police official told the CNS, adding that they have apprehensions that Sameer could persuade more youth to join militant ranks.
Superintendent of Police Sopore, Abdul Qayoom said the missing youth may have joined the militant ranks. “The trio may have joined the LeT. There are reports that one of them is roaming in the outskirts of Sopore town,” he said, adding that barring these three youth no other youth has joined the militant ranks in Sopore.