A police constable who reportedly went missing along with four AK-47 rifles from his station in Bijbehara in South Kashmir is believed to have joined a local militant group along with his two friends.
According to police sources, constable Shakoor Ahmed, resident of village Kundalan, Shopian, has gone missing since Friday night. He was posted as escort of DSP Bijbehara, Irshad Ahmed who was injured in a militant attack December 24, 2015.
Police has not confirmed the incident so far said the matter was under investigation.
Sources said Shakoor and two of his friends Gazi Fayaz Dar and Aqib Ahmad Dar are missing since past two days. The trio are from Kundalan village of Shopian district and are believed to have joined the local militant group.
Sources say Shakoor was a militant who had shun arms and then joined as special police officer. He was recently inducted into the police force as a constable. Gazi’s family told a news portal that the 20-year-old was helping them in their farm while Aqib, 17, was a baker.
Shakoor failed to report for duty at the office of the sub-divisional police officer for two days, raising suspicion. It was later that police found four AK-47 rifles missing.
Shakoor is the second policeman to join militant ranks in last 9 months. Last year another constable Naseer Ahmed Pandit had joined Hizbul Mujahideen with his service rifles. He was posted as house gaurd of a PDP minister Altaf Bukhari in Srinagar.
The trend of militants snatching arms from security forces and the two recent cases of policemen joining armed groups with their services weapons is being related to the fact that militants are running out of weapons in the valley.
Security agencies also believe that infiltration has dropped and it is for the first time local militants are more in number than the foreign militants. About 60 locals boys, who have also been trained locally, are believed to active in the state.
Poor arms availability for fresh local recruits is forcing the militant outfit to resort to weapon snatching from security personnel.
Security agencies has earlier issued a high-alert to patrolling troops, particularly Jammu and Kashmir police, asking them to be vigilant as militants might try to over power and disarm them.