Sopore: A police guard posted at the residence of an activist of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday decamped with his AK-47 service rifle in Baramulla district.
Identified as SPO Waseem Ahmad Malla, 28, a resident of Shutloo village in Rafiabad, he was posted as guard of the residence of BJP activist Mohammad Maqbool War at Rohama Rafiabad. He went missing along with his service rifle in the morning.
“He left his post in early morning after telling a fellow policeman that he will bring food. He didn’t return,” a senior police official in the area told Kashmir Reader.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sopore Javid Iqbal confirmed that the SPO has gone missing along with his service rifle. “It is too early to say whether he has joined militant ranks, but yes, he is missing along with a service rifle and with some ammunition allotted to him,” Javid Iqbal said.
“We have sent a police team to the spot to verify the details and try to find out the missing SPO,” the SSP added.
It is apparently the first incident in north Kashmir of a cop decamping with his service rifle. In other parts of Kashmir, especially in south Kashmir, many policemen and some soldiers have deserted their force and vanished with their service rifles, mostly to join militant ranks.
Immediately after the incident in Rafiabad, the police in Sopore issued a statement saying that a case with FIR no. 35/2018 has been registered and an investigation started into the incident.