Cop Who Decamped with 4 Rifles Joins Hizb

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Srinagar: A day after a Jammu and Kashmir Police constable decamped with four assault rifles, the Hizbul Mujahideen Sunday announced that he had joined the militant group. “We welcome Syed Naveed (Mushtaq) Shah in our fold,” Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational spokesman Burhanuddin told a local news agency in Srinagar, while congratulating the policeman for fleeing with four rifles. “People like Naveed will continue to join our struggle,” he said, adding that the Hizbul Mujahideen “salutes the valour and bravery” of the constable.

“Our field operational commander, Mehmood Ghaznavi, has welcomed Syed Naveed for joining the militant organization to fight Indian occupational forces in Kashmir,” the spokesman said.

Police on Saturday said that Syed Naveed Mushtaq of Nazneenpora, Shopian, decamped with four SLR rifles from the guard duty room where he was posted to guard an FCI godown in Nasrullahpora, Budgam in central Kashmir. 

In January last year, Shakoor Ahmad, a policeman who was posted as a DSP’s personal security officer in South Kashmir, decamped with four rifles. He was reported to have joined militant ranks. He was however arrested about a month-and-a-half later from Kulgam.

In March 2015, Naseer Ahmad Pandit, a police constable from Pulwama, also joined the Hizbul Mujahideen after decamping with two rifles. He was earlier posted as a guard at then PWD minister and senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari’s residence.

Pandit was a part of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s group, and was among the 11 militants who posed with their weapons for a photograph that later went viral. Pandit was killed in an encounter in Shopian district one year later.

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