Shopian cop who went missing joins Lashkar-e-Toiba

Srinagar

A picture of a Jammu and Kashmir policeman holding an AK-47 assault rifle has gone viral on social media, confirming reports that he has joined a militant organisation, police sources have said.

Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, who was posted at Police Training Centre in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir, was reported missing after he failed to return from his leave on Monday, NDTV reported.

Police sources have confirmed that Dar has joined Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

“Ishfaq Ahmed had gone on leave from PTC Kathua. He was supposed to report back on October 23 but failed to return. We will take legal action against him,” a senior officer of PTC Kathua was quoted by news agency.

A resident of Heff Shirmal village in southern part of Kashmir’s Shopian, Ahmed had joined police in 2012.

In the last two years, around half-a-dozen policemen have deserted the Jammu and Kashmir Police and joined militancy in Kashmir.

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