Cop goes missing with rifle

A policeman, posted in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, is suspected to have deserted the force after he fled with his service rifle from a police post last evening.
A police official said constable Tariq Ahmad Bhat, who was posted at Police post Pakherpora in Budgam district, has not reported for work since yesterday.
He said Bhat’s service rifle and some ammunition were also missing from the police post.
“Efforts are on to trace the missing policeman,” the official said adding the possibility of Bhat having deserted the force cannot be ruled out either.
Earlier, this month an army man deserted the force in Shopian district earlier this month and joined Hizbul Mujahideen.