Srinagar, Apr 17: An armyman, who had been missing since last week, has joined terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir police said on Monday. The Armyman, identified by cops as Sepoy Idrees Mir, was seen holding an AK-47 rifle in a picture uploaded by militants. The Army is checking the authenticity of the photograph. Mir joined Hizbul Mujahideen along with two others on Sunday, police said.

Sepoy Idrees Mir was posted with the 12 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in Bihar. He was to be posted to Jharkhand and was reportedly unhappy over his transfer order. He went missing while he was on vacation at home. He had arrived in his village Safnagar in Shopian on April 12 and had been missing since Saturday night, police said. Mir was in the second year of his BA course when he joined the Army.

“The family filed a missing report only Monday. The family told us he works with the Army. We are investigating,” Deputy Inspector General of south Kashmir Amit Kumar, as reported by Indian Express, said. The Army maintains that he is “missing” and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit. The development comes barely a fortnight after Mir’s neighbour Yawar Ahmad Yatoo was killed in an encounter at Draggad village of Shopian.

Last 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. His picture, too, was uploaded by militants on social media. Two policemen from south Kashmir, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar and Syed Naveed also joined militant outfits. While Naveed joined Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar is associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba.