Awantipora: A policeman’s son is believed to have joined militant ranks days after a missing report was registered in Awantipora Police station.
Shariq Ahmad Wani, son of a head-constable Ghulam Mohammad Wani posted at a railway station in south Kashmir, is missing since Eid-ul-Fitr (June 18), and has reportedly joined the militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad, police officials told Kashmir Reader.
The 25-year-old was a final year student of BSC Lab Technology, and is a resident of Hariparigam in Tral.
The youth’s joining militant ranks came to fore after a picture of him appeared on social networking sites with two AK-47 assault rifles and holding ammunition on his chest.
A senior police officer told Kashmir Reader that they were already aware of his joining militant ranks and as it has become a trend for militant recruits to post their pictures with guns to announce their joining.
“He had connections with militants and was arrested last year but was soon released after being counselled at SP office Awantipora,” a senior police officer told Kashmir Reader.
Three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants were killed in an encounter with government forces at Nazneenpora Hyuna Tral on Tuesday evening. Two of the slain militants belonged to Tral.