Indian Army soldier from Kashmir's Shopian has joined Hizbul Mujahideen, say reports

Indian Army soldiers take their positions near the site of a gunbattle on the outskirts

Indian Army soldiers take their positions near the site of a gunbattle on the outskirts

The official said Mir had gone missing from Shopian.

An Indian army personnel, who was missing since April 15, has joined the ranks of Pakistan-based terror organization Hizbul Mujahideen, News18 reported quoting a Jammu and Kashmir police official. The jawan- named Idrees Mir was posted in the Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI).

On Monday morning, his father, Mohammed Sultan Mir, filed a missing complaint with the police.

A soldier from south Kashmir is suspected to have joined Hizb-ul Mujahideen after a picture showing him brandishing an assault rifle surfaced on social media. The police had also informed the Army about the case it has registered.

A year ago 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. In a separate incident, an Army porter was killed in cross-border shelling along the Line of Control in Uri of North Kashmir's Baramulla on Monday.

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Police said they are investigating his phone records and other activities to ascertain if he was in touch with anyone with terror links.

Mir was posted in Bihar and was on leave.

Reports said the Army maintained that he is "missing" and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit.

"Today afternoon terrorists opened fire in Shopian which resulted in injuries to one civilian identified as Rafiq Lone and a policeman identified as Bilal Ahmad", a police spokesman said.

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