Missing Kangan youth arrested from Handwara

Missing Kangan youth arrested from Handwara

Kangan: A youth hailing from Kangan in Ganderbal district and reported missing from last four days was arrested by police in Handwara area of northern Kupwara district allegedly along with arms and ammunition.
A police spokesman said that 26-year-old Shafat Ahmad Malik had been provided arms and ammunition and was on way to join militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
Officials said Shafat, son of Muhammad Yosuf Malik, a resident of Thune Kangan had left his home on Sunday for a medical check-up at SMHS Hospital Srinagar but did not return home.
According to his family his phone had been continuously switched off since he left for SMHS on Sunday afternoon.
After failing to trace him, the family filed a missing report at the Police Station Kangan on April 30.
Police said that due to their timely action the youth was traced in Handwara and prevented from joining a militant outfit.
A police spokesman said Friday that Malik was arrested along with arms and ammunition in Handwara.
“On a credible input, Handwara police along with security forces intercepted a person at a checkpoint near Chowgal and took him into custody. Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from his possession,” the spokesman said.
He added that Malik was provided with arms and ammunition by a militant group and was on way to join proscribed Hizb ul Mujahideen outfit.
“A case FIR No. 87/2019 under relevant sections of law has been registered at P/S Handwara. Further investigation into the matter is going on,” he said.
Shafat’s arrest comes a day after his parents made a passionate appeal for him to return home.
Besides his father, Shafat has a brother and two sisters at home. His mother had died some years back.