Another Soldier’s Brother Goes Missing

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Srinagar: A brother of an army man has gone missing from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, barely a week after police filed a missing report after a soldier’s brother went missing in the neighbouring Anantnag district.

20-year-old Junaid Rashid Wani of Tumluhal village in Lassipora Pulwama has gone missing from last week, his family said Monday. A first semester student of GDC Pulwama, Wani was last seen by his family when he left to bring fodder for cattle.

Wani’s sudden disappearance came at a time when the family was making preparations for the engagement of his brother, who is a soldier in Indian army.

“We tried to contact him but his cell phone was repeatedly off. Then we called all relatives and his friends but couldn’t find him,” Wani’s father Abdul Rashid said.

On September 10, he said the family approached police station Lassipora and filed a missing complaint.

Meanwhile, the family has made a fervent appeal to Wani to return home. They have also urged militant groups and the state forces to return the youth, if he was in their custody.

Quoting an unnamed senior police officer, news agency KNO said that all angles of the youth’s disappearance were being checked and efforts were on to trace him.

Pertinently, on Tuesday last Yasir Ahmed of Dooru in Anantnag also went missing under similar circumstances. Ahmad’s brother is also working in army. A few days after his disappearance, an unverified audio clip surfaced on social media in which Wani claimed to have joined militant ranks.

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