Shopian: Two more youth from Shopain district have apparently joined militant ranks, taking the number of youth joining militant ranks from the district this year to 33.
Photographs of both the youth brandishing assault rifles have gone viral on social media.
Umar Ahmad Dobi, son of Ghulam Muhammad Dobi resident of Pinjora village of Shopian is an undergraduate student of Shopian college, and according to information given on his viral picture he has joined Hizbul-Mujahideen outfit. The second youth youth, Muhammed Amir Bhat son of late Abdul Aziz Bhat of Chitragam village is a student of Ananatang college. The families of the youth told Kashmir Reader that they want their sons to return home.
Amir’s family said that he was an undergraduate student at Anantnag college and that his father died last year. He has three brothers, three sisters and mother.
Umar’s father, Ghulam Muhammad Dobi told Kashmir Reader that he wants his son to come back home and continue his studies.
“He left home two days ago and didn’t come back. We searched him here and there but his mobile phone was switched off. When we didn’t find him, I lodged an FIR at Shopian police station. Army has also summoned me to Pahnoo garrison. He is loved among my all seven children and I wish he come back to home,” he said adding that Umar was last year detained by police after summoning him to police station where he was under custody for 17 days.
Elder brother of Amir, Shamim Ahmad Malik told Kashmir Reader that he had no information about his brother’s joining militant ranks.
He said his brother left home a day earlier.
“I am not sure, he has joined the militant ranks but if he has joined, I want him to return to his elderly mother.”
The photographs show the joining date of Umar as 31 August and of Amir as September 1 of this year.
Past eight months of this year has resulted a big loss items of civilian and militant casualties in the district. The available figures say that 28 militants and 24 civilians were killed in forces actions in the district while five policemen were also killed by the hands of militants. It also sat that there was alarming rise in the numbers of new militant recruitments as 33 youth from the district had joined militant ranks in last eight months.