Budgam missing youth’s gun wielding picture surfaces on social media

Budgam missing youth’s gun wielding picture surfaces on social media

Families issues appeal to return home

BUDGAM: A gun-wielding picture of a missing youth from Daulatpora village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district has surfaced on social media, suggesting the youth has joined militant ranks.
Police officials said that they are investigating the picture in which Muzaffer Ahmad Wani, son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Wani, can be seen wielding a gun. Muzaffer was reported missing last week.
“His gun wielding picture has been circulated on social media. We are verifying,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Budgam, Amod Ashok Nagpure.
Muzaffar’s father Ghulam Mohiuddin Wani said that he was a student of 11th class at Government Higher Secondary School Chadoora.
“I have three children and he was the elder among his siblings,” Mohiuddin said. “On Thursday he was working with us in fields when he left but didn’t turn to home”.
“Late night when he didn’t return home, I visited local police station to file a missing report but the officer stationed asked me to wait for a day. On Saturday a missing report was registered at police station Chadoora,” he added.
Muzaffer, he said, was earlier detained at juvenile home for eight months for alleged involvement in torching a panchayat house in a Chadoora village during Panchayat elections.
“He spent eight months there and was released on tenth of Ramadan,” Mohiuddin said. “After his release we had planned to set up a shop for him”.
The family has issued a video appeal on social media requesting Muzaffer to shun militancy and return home.
The picture which appeared on social media shows him wearing a military vest and holding a rifle. The text on the picture describes the joining date of militant outfit as June 13. The photo also carries a stamp carrying the name of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘district commander’ Pulwama and Budgam Irfan alias Muzamil Bhai.
Police officials said a missing report was filed by the family three days ago and searches were carried to find his whereabouts.
On December 30 and 31, two youths Zia-ur-Rahman, 27, and Abrar Ahmad Bhat, 21, hailing from Aarath and Narbal villages of Budgam district respectively, had allegedly joined militant ranks, though no pictures of them appeared on social media.
In November last year, Ishfaq Rashid Khan, son of Abdul Rasheed Khan of Goripora Narbal had joined militant ranks and had posted his picture wearing army fatigues on social media.