Srinagar: In yet another incident of a policeman crossing over to militant ranks, Constable Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, 24, has evidently joined the Lashkar-e-Toiba, with a picture of his flaunting an AK-47 going viral on social media.
Dar, a native of Heff area of Shopian, has been missing from home since last Sunday.
“On Sunday he went to offer evening prayers. He did not return,” a family member of Dar said.
Dar was posted at the Kathua training centre in Jammu.
“He had come home to spend a few days with the family. After he went missing, we filed a report at the police station,” the family member said.
He said that Dar joined the police in 2012 and was posted at multiple places in Kashmir before he was sent to Kathua.
The news about his joining Lashkar ranks became public after his picture appeared on social media. In the picture, Dar was wearing a black skull cap, sporting a cropped beard, and holding an AK-47 rifle and wearing a magazine vest. The picture had superimposed on it the text that Dar alias Abu Akram has joined the Lashkar.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, Munir Khan said that the constable was absent from his duties in Kathua.
“He went missing from home,” Khan said. “It is being told to us that he has joined militancy. His picture is being circulated on social media. We can confirm his joining of militant ranks only after verifying it.”
A few months ago, a police constable from Shopian joined militant ranks. After that, an army man posted in north Kashmir did the same.