BUDGAM: A 28-year-old youth from Budgam has apparently joined militant ranks as a picture of him brandishing assault rifles and a video clip has surfaced on social media.
Ishfaq Rashid Khan, son of Abdul Rashid Khan, of Goripora Sozeith in Budgam district, was a school dropout and worked with a private company as a labourer.
Ishfaq’s brother is detained under Public Safety Act.
According to the information provided with the picture, Ishfaq has joined Lashker-e-Toiba militant outfit on November 10.
According to family sources Ishfaq was working as a labour with an electric tower construction company and mostly stayed out of home for days. He has ailing parents at home, besides a brother and five sisters.
Ishfaq’s father sells fruits on a cart outside his home.
His brother, Umar Rashid Khan, has been detained under Public Safety Act (PSA), a month ago and is currently under lodged in Srinagar central jail.
“He (Ishfaq) left home almost four months ago for his work but didn’t come back till date,” a relative who did not wish to be named said.
Prior to Ishfaq’s leaving, he said, army had raided his home to detain younger brother Umar, but took their father instead as neither Umar nor Ishfaq were home.
“After Ishfaq came to know about it, he visited police station Parimpora to get his father released and stayed there on his own,” he said.
“Finally he was released after remaining in detention for ten days. After a gap of few days, Umar was also arrested and finally slapped with PSA a month ago,” he said.
While Umar was in custody, Ishfaq left home for work and did not return home since.
“We called him few times but his phone was switched off, so we thought that he might be busy with work but after a picture went viral on social media showing him in army fatigue and holding AK47, we came to know that he has joined militancy,” he said.
A police official said that they are investigating the case.