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Slain Kashmir militant clears police recruitment list four days after encounter

Malik’s run as a militant was a very short one. He was killed along with his colleague Riyaz Ahmad Dar in a gunfight with security forces at Sopore in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on August 3, two days after he joined militancy.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2018 09:55 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Srinagar, Hindustan Times
Kashmir militant,Slain Kashmir militant,Jammu and Kashmir police
Khurhsid Ahmad Malik, a BTech graduate and resident of Pulwama in south Kashmir had appeared in the test before joining militants. (Representative photo)

Four days after he was killed in an encounter with security forces, a 25-year-old militant’s name has showed up in the shortlist for a sub-inspector’s (SI) post of Jammu and Kashmir police.

Khurhsid Ahmad Malik, a BTech graduate and resident of Pulwama in south Kashmir had appeared in the test before joining militants, police said.

His name appears at serial number 1913 in the list of candidates shortlisted for interview for sub-inspector (executive and armed wings) after qualifying in the written test which was conducted in June.

Malik’s run as a militant was a very short one. He was killed along with his colleague Riyaz Ahmad Dar in a gunfight with security forces at Sopore in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on August 3, two days after he joined militancy. A soldier was also killed in the encounter.

Police said a total of 2,181 candidates - 1,525 from Jammu region and 656 candidates from Kashmir valley - have been shortlisted for Personality Assessment Test.

According to his relatives, Malik had completed his BTech from a university in Jammu last year and also cleared Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).

On the day he went missing on July 31, he had left his home in Arabal village of Pulwama to fill the forms for the Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) examination.

This is not the first time that a highly qualified youth joined militancy in the state.

Mannan Wani, a 26-year-old PhD scholar who had gone missing from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in January 2018, joined the Hizbul Mujahideen. And in May, a Kashmir University teacher Mohammad Rafi Bhatwho was a PhD scholar in sociology was killed in a gunfight with security forces just a day after joining the militants.

In April, 28-year-old Aitmad Hussain Dar, an MPhil student, was killed with four other militants in Shopian, almost six months after he joined militancy.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 09:55 IST