According to reports a policeman named constable Tariq Ahmad Bhat, posted at Police post-Pakherpora in Budgam district, is suspected to have deserted the force and is believed to have fled with his service rifle. Sources confirmed that he has not reported on duty since Tuesday.
Jammu-Kashmir cop goes missing with rifle, suspected to have deserted policehttps://t.co/t1AyUGfdiD
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A police official stated Bhat’s service rifle and some ammunition have been additionally missing from the police publish. Efforts are on to find the policeman who’s to date being handled as a “missing” case, the official stated, including that the potential for Bhat having abandoned the force, can’t be ruled out.
A military man abandoned the drive in Shopian district earlier this month and later joined militant ranks.
The news of Kashmiri cops abandoning their troops is nothing new, there have been various previous instances where either Kashmiri policemen or soldiers have abdicated and joined various terror groups. Last year it was reported that a Kashmir policemen Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, who was posted at Police Training Centre in Kathua district in the state, was missing with an AK47 rifle. It was later reported that Dar had joined Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.
In a similar incident, reported by us, a Kashmiri soldier, Mir Idrees Sultan, who was posted in Bihar, went home to Shopian on leave and had reportedly joined the terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
Last year a Kashmir constable by the name of Syed Naveed Mushtaq had reportedly gone missing from the Budgam district of Kashmir on Saturday. The constable who hailed from the Pulwama district was deployed to guard the godowns of Food Corporation of India at Chandpora in Budgam district.
After he went missing, a manhunt was launched by the police authorities on suspicion of him deserting the force to join the terrorists. What fueled this theory further was the fact that he had taken with him four self-loading rifles and ammunition. Unfortunately, their fears were confirmed and according to reports, the Hizbul Mujahideen confirmed the joining of constable Syed Naveed Mushtaq.