Stunt to dodge creditors: police
Pulwama: The picture of a 44-year-old village-headman from Newa area of Pulwama district, – in army fatigues, is being widely circulated on social media, suggesting that the man has joined militants.
While the family of the man is clueless, police says the man with a “history of going into hiding to dodge creditors” might be pulling another stunt to avoid paying his debts.
The middle-aged headman has been identified as Shabir Ahmad Lone, son of Ali Muhammad Lone, a resident of Lone Pora area in Newa of Pulwama.
Shabir is wearing army fatigues and his index finger is raised in imitation of the militants in the picture which has gone viral on social media.
Shabir’s family said that he left home on March 18 and has since contacted his family only once on April 4, through a phone call.
“We have no idea regarding his whereabouts as of now,” the family has maintained. “We have done the only logical thing we could think of and that is file a police complaint.”
The police following the complaint have, “carried out some investigation into the matter”.
“Ground reports suggest that he owes a huge amount of money to people,” a senior police official from Pulwama told Kashmir Reader.
He said that Lone has a history of going into hiding to dodge his creditors for a while and then resurface.
“He went missing for a long time some three years back and then came back,” the official said, adding that the “present stunt” looks like a replication of the earlier ones.
The police official also requested people not to pay heed to the rumors being floated on social media, regarding the man’s disappearance.