Two missing Pulwama youth join militant ranks

Two missing Pulwama youth join militant ranks
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Family of one appeals for return

PULWAMA: Two missing youth from Pulwama, including one who police say was involved in attack on a National Conference leader’s vehicle, have apparently joined militant outfits.
A picture of Showkat Ahmad Dar, son of Nazir Ahmad, of Murran Pulwama, carrying two AK-47 rifles went viral on social media on Thursday. The text on the picture announces Badshah Khan as code name of Showkat and Hizbul Mujahideen as the outfit he has joined.
SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudary told Kashmir Reader that Showkat went missing on July 16 immediately after attack on the NC leader Ghulam Mohidin Mir at Murran village -in which a policeman, Mudasir Ahmad Bhat of Harwan Srinagar, was killed and another policeman was injured.
Choudary confirmed that Showkat’s picture holding two AK-47 rifles went viral on social networking websites on Thursday.
He said that his motorbike was seized by forces on Wednesday from his home after “his involvement in the attack had become evident as he was present at the place of the attack”.
“He had honked the horn of his bike when Mir’s car had arrived, sending a signal to the militants,” the SSP said, adding that Showkat’s involvement in the attack had been established.
Meanwhile, picture on another youth, Arshid Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Rasool Dar of Marval Kakapora also surfaced on the social media.
Arshid, a BSC Ist year student was missing from home for a week.
The text on the Arshid’s picture holding an AK-47 rifle says Abu Hamza as his code, and LeT as the militant outfit he has joined.
Police Station Kakpora had already lodged a missing report about him.
Meanwhile, Arshid’s family has appealed him to return home. In a video message on social media, Arshid’s mother has urged him to shun the path of violence and return to his loved ones.