Srinagar: An IPS officer’s younger brother has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir, a photograph purportedly released by the terrorist group has revealed. Shamsul Haq Mengnoo, 25, who is seen holding guns in the picture, had gone missing from the Kashmir University campus in May. His older brother, Inamul Haq, is an IPS officer belonging to the Northeast cadre. The Hizbul Mujahideen released photos of several new recruits on Sunday on the occasion of the death anniversary of Burhan Wani, the Hizb commander who was killed two years ago.
Originally a resident of Shopian district’s Draggud village, Mengnoo had enrolled in a Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS) course but left it midway, according to a report in The Times of India.
A police officer told TOI that Shamsul joined the Hizbul Mujahideen on May 25 after running away from the Zakura campus on the outskirts of capital Srinagar. A missing person report was filed by his parents on May 22.
According to reports, so far at least 50 youngsters have joined militant groups in the Valley in 2018.
On Sunday, security was ramped up in several parts of the Srinagar as the police were anticipating trouble in wake of Burhan Wani’s death anniversary. Wani’s hometown of Tral was under curfew for a second day. Meanwhile, tension continues in Kulgam where three people were killed in Army firing amid violent protests on Saturday.
Elsewhere in Kashmir, a shutdown was called on Sunday by the so-called called ‘Joint Resistance Leadership, which included key separatist leaders. Protests were also held at various places in Srinagar including the University campus.