Missing Sopore youth’s gun-wielding picture surfaces on social media

A youth who went missing few months ago from his home in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has reportedly joined militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

A picture of Liyaqat Ahmed Lone alias Umar Khalid son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone, a resident of Harwan village of Sopore in which he could be seen carrying AK-47 rifles went viral on social networking sites on Saturday.
Liyaqat had gone missing six months ago following which his parents filed a report with a local police station.
In the viral picture, Liyaqat could be seen carrying two AK-47 assault rifles with name, address, date of joining and code name written on the picture.

A top police official told Rising Kashmir that Liyaqat was active from past six months and earlier was also working as an over ground worker (OGW).
Reports said that Punjab police had also registered an FIR against Liyaqat in some cases; however it could not be verified from the police officials.
SSP Sopore Javid Iqbal while confirming the report said that Lone was earlier working as OGW and had gone missing months before.
“He was involved in many criminal cases and had joined militant ranks after he went missing. There are many criminal cases registered against him in police station. Today his picture holding an AK-47 can be seen in social media sites,” SSP Sopore said.