Srinagar, June 27: A Special Police Officer who went missing from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore police station with an AK-47 rifle has joined the militant outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen on Wednesday.
The SPO has been identified as Irfan Ahmad Dar.
Hizb spokesman Burhan-u-Din called a local news agency and claimed that Irfan Ahmad Dar had joined the group.
“SPO Irfan Ahmad Dar, a resident of Nehama Kakapora of Pulwama district, who fled with his rifle, has joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen,” the spokesman said, IANS reported.
Dar went missing on Tuesday from Pampore police station along with the AK-47 rifle. Earlier, the police had also launched s manhunt to trace him.
The Special Police Officers are engaged in the state on a fixed monthly packet to fight militancy. They are neither trained in handling weapons nor are service rifles issued to them.