Militant group Hizbul Mujahideen Sunday released pictures of new recruits and among them is brother of an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.
Shamsul Haq Mengnoo, 25, of volatile Shopian district had gone missing in May this year.
He was pursuing BUMS from a government college at Zakura on the outskirts of Srinagar.
His elder brother Inamul Haq is 2012-batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer.
Inamul is currently posted as commandant, battalion Mandakata, North Guwahati.
Shamsul’s picture with an AK-47 rifle has gone viral on social media. According to the picture, he has joined Hizb on May 25 and has been given code name of Burhan Sani.
Shamsul’s family had filed a missing complaint with police after he went missing.
SP Shopian, Sandeep Choudary said they were verifying the authenticity of picture.
Hizb released several pictures of its new recruits on the second death anniversary of its commander Burhan Wani today.
The new Hizb recruits include Adfar Fayaz of Gulshanpora Tral, Shearaz Ahmad Bhat of Kralwari Chadoora in Budgam, Liyakat Ahmad Lone of Harwan Sopore, Adil Ahmad Pall of Maldera Shopian, Zahoor Ahmad Mir of Thayan Kalaroos in Kupwara, Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Khasipora, Shopian; Irfan Rasheed Dar of Lilopora Nehama and Abdul Gani Khaja of Kralgund Kupwara.
Two youth Zahid Ahmad Bhat of Dabrgama Pulwama and Arshid Khan of Ganapora Shopian have joined Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Rising Kashmir could not independently verify the authenticity of pictures of new militant recruits.
Shamsul is the fourth highly educated youth to pick up gun this year.
In January, a 26-year-old PhD scholar Manan Bashir Wani of Kupwara left Aligarh Muslim University to join Hizb.
In March, Junaid Ahmad Khan, 26, son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai joined militancy. Khan had done Masters Degree in Business Administration from Kashmir University.
Meanwhile, a youth Abid Hussain Bhat hailing from Sazan village in Doda has reportedly joined militancy.
Abid, 25, had gone missing on June 30 and his picture has appeared on social media in which he is seen holding a gun.
Police is investigating Bhat’s joining of militant ranks.
His family has appealed him to shun path of violence.
Earlier, father of five children joined Hizb in Kishtwar.
Talib Gujjar, 34, son of late Noor Mohammad R/o Rashgwari, Kishtwar is believed to have joined Hizb after remaining absconding for last two years.
He had gone missing in July 2016.