The policeman, who had run away with four AK 47 rifles and joined militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen(HM) in mid January, was arrested on Thursday.
Constable Shakoor Ahmed Parray, posted as personal security officer (PSO) to sub-divisional police officer Bijbehara in south Kashmir before escaping, was arrested in the region’s Kulgam district.
“He was arrested along with a pistol and two grenades,” said Mumtaz Ahmad, the superintendent of police, Kulgam.
“After running away with police rifles, he had joined HM,” he said.
A resident of Shopian district, Parray had gone missing along with two of his friends, who have since been arrested along with two of the four police rifles. “Since he was carrying a short range weapon, he did not offer any resistance when we raided his hideout,” the SP said.
Since March 2015, four policemen have left the force to join militants. While two cops, including Parray, have been arrested, one was killed in an encounter with government forces in first week of February.
The only one out with the rebels now is Naseer Ahmed Pandit. He was working with J&K Armed Police, guarding the house of then roads and building minister, Altaf Bukhari, before he decamped with two rifles and joined the Hizb.
A resident of Karimabad in Pulwama, Pandit, ever since his deserting the police force, has featured in videos posted by Hizb’s militant commander, Burhan Wani.