Hizbul Mujahideen looking for 40 recruits before Burhan’s anniversary

A soldier from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district who was currently posted with 173 Territorial Army went missing Thursday from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Missing soldier is identified as  Sepoy Zahoor Ahmad Thokar, a resident of  Pulwama district who is gone missing along with an AK-47 rifle.

According to reports, police suspects that Thokar may have joined hands with terror group Hizbul Mujahideen.  “Thokar deserted the army on the intervening night of July 5-6. He has ranaway with the service assault rifle and three magazines,” an official was quoted saying.

An alert has been sounded in Kashmir valley after authorities discovered the matter. In addition, man hunt has also been launched to track the soldier.

The speculation gains relevance as Hizbul Mujahideen is planning to recruit 40 local militants ahead of the death anniversary of slain militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

Earlier several policemen have decamped with service rifles and joined militancy in south Kashmir. However this is first such case for the Indian Army.