Army jawan from J&K joins Hizbul

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A soldier from Jammu and Kashmir is suspected to have joined the Hizbul Mujahideen, the Hindustan Times reported on Monday.

The rebel soldier, identified as Idrees Mir, was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, a police official confirmed while speaking to news agency PTI. He went missing while he was on vacation at home.

"The family filed a missing report only Monday", Deputy Inspector General of south Kashmir Amit Kumar told The Indian Express.

According to the police, Mir was posted to Jharkhand and was unhappy about the move. The army is ascertaining the details, Col Rajesh Kalia, the defence spokesperson in Srinagar, said.

Previous year in July, another armyman, Zahoor Ahmad Bhat from Pulwama district, fled from his Army post in Uri with an AK-47 rifle to join Hizbul Mujahideen. Yawar and six associates were killed on April 1. Bhat's picture, too, was uploaded by militants on social media.

A police officer said militants would use Idrees's joining their ranks as a propaganda tool to lure more educated youths. While Naveed joined Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Thokar, a native of south Kashmir's Pulwama district, was posted in Baramullah in north Kashmir. The area has a significant presence of militants, especially of Hizbul Mujahideen.

The 23-year-old, who joined the army three years ago, was on leave since April 7 and went missing on April 13-14, the officials said.

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