Srinagar, Mar 28 (PTI) The family of a missing youth, who has reportedly joined militancy, today urged him to shun the path of violence and return home, while appealing to the ultras to let him go as his parents were not well.

Faid Mushtaq Waza, a resident of Khanyar here, went missing on Friday and an appeal was made by his family after a picture purportedly showing him holding a gun went viral on social media yesterday.

His ailing parents were shocked after they learnt that he had reportedly joined the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit, Waza’s family members told reporters at the Press Enclave in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital.

No statement or comment has been issued by the police.

Waza had gone to attend a religious gathering on Friday and did not return home. His mobile-phone is switched off since then, a family member said.

The youth’s family members have filed a missing person’s report.

His father is in hospital and his mother is also not keeping well, they are both in shock, she said.

“We came to know that he has joined militancy, we saw his picture on the Internet. We appeal him to leave arms and return home, otherwise his parents cannot bear it,” the family member said.

The family also appealed to the LeT to let Waza go, she said.

“The militants are also our sons. We appeal them to let him go as his parents are ill,” the family member said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.