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SRINAGAR: An army man, who has been missing since Saturday, is believed to have joined terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, along with two others, in Shopian district of South Kashmir, police said here on Monday.
Sepoy Mir Idrees Sultan, a resident of a village in Shopian, was posted with the 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) at Katihar in Bihar and was scheduled to shift to Jharkhand.
He had arrived at his native village on April 12 and had been missing since Saturday night, police officials said.
His father, Mohammed Sultan Mir, approached the police station this morning and reported that his son had been missing.
The police officials said that he had joined the terror group, along with two other local youths. Officially, however, there was no confirmation and police had registered a missing complaint and informed army authorities about the case.
His call records and other activities were being probed by the police to ascertain whether he was in touch with any anti-national elements, they said.
The Army maintains that he has been “missing” and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit.
Meanwhile, a civilian and a policeman were injured in the Shopian district on Monday when terrorists opened fire on a police party, officials said.
“Today afternoon terrorists opened fire in Shopian which resulted in injuries to one civilian identified as Rafiq Lone and a policeman identified as Bilal Ahmad,” a police spokesman said.
The injured were evacuated to hospital for treatment, he said.
The spokesman said a case was registered and investigations taken up.
“Preliminary investigation revealed the involvement of outlawed Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in this attack,” he added.
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