SPO at Pampore takes AK47 service rifle, joins Hizb

SPO at Pampore takes AK47 service rifle, joins Hizb
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Militants beat up two SPOs at their homes, threaten them to leave their job

PAMPORE: Another incident of a policeman joining militant ranks happened Tuesday night in Pampore, where a 22-year-old Special Police Officer (SPO) joined the Hizbul Mujahideen after vanishing from police station Pampore along with his AK47 service rifle.
Station House Officer (SHO) Pampore, Mudasir Naseer, said that Irfan Ahmad Dar, belt number 436/SPO, son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Nehama Kakapora, Pulwama, went missing Tuesday night at 11pm from police station Pampore along with his AK47 rifle, one magazine, and 30 rounds of ammunition.
The SHO said the police are trying to locate the missing SPO and have registered a case under Section 409 RPC and Section 30 Police Act.
Sources said that a joint team of the police’s Special Operations Group (SOG), army and CRPF had launched a massive manhunt for the missing SPO
Sources said that Irfan Ahmad Dar had joined the police department on December 13, 2016, as an SPO and was posted at Pampore police station since March 7, 2017.
The Hizbul Mujahideen said on Wednesday that the missing policeman has joined its fighting ranks.
In a statement issued to local news agency, the Operational Spokesman of Hizb, Burhan-ud-Din, said, “SPO Irfan Ahmad Dar, a resident of Nehama Kakapora of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district who fled with his rifle, has joined Hizbul Mujahideen.”
The spokesman also quoted Hizb’s Field Operational Commander Mohammad Bin Qasim as saying, “We appeal to all Jammu and Kashmir Police cadres to give up their job and join Hizbul Mujahideen to give a push to the resistance struggle.”
Elsewhere in Pulwama district, two SPOs were warned by militants to leave their jobs or be killed.
Local sources said that on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-3 militants barged into the houses of two local SPOs at Bellow, Pulwama, and threatened them to leave their jobs.
The sources identified the SPOs as Shakir Ahmad Bhat and Sajad Ahmad Ahanger, both posted at District Police Lines (DPL) Pulwama.
Sources said that both the SPOs were beaten and threatened that they would be killed if they did not leave their job.
Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that “no such thing” has been brought to his notice.
“All we know is that the two personnel (SPOs) had left DPL Pulwama after they were granted leave. They have not filed a complaint in any police station in this regard,” Aslam said, adding, “We will take action as soon as they register their complaint.”