Slain Hizb commander’s father goes missing in Pulwama, family lodges missing complaint

In Sough Kashmir’s Pulwama district, father of a slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander has gone missing forcing the family to lodge a missing complaint after failing to trace him for over two weeks.

Abdul Hameed Chopan (47), the father of slain Hizb commander Adil Hizbi, left his home on July 16 and didn’t return. His wife Gulshana Bano said: “He left home and told us that he is going to irrigate the land. But he didn’t return back and we searched for him everywhere but couldn’t find anything about him forcing us to lodge a missing report at Police station Tral,” she told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “We are now just three members left in our family—me, my daughter and my son who is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at Govt Degree College Tral. We have no one to feed us now.”

She said that they don’t have any info on whether he has joined any militant organization. Chopan’s son Adil Ahmed Chopian alias Adil Hizbi, who was killed earlier this year. Gulshan also lost her brother, who was also a militant and was killed in 2017.

A senior police official confirmed to KNO that Chopan is missing from “last several days” and said that they are investigating whether he has joined militant ranks or he left home due to any other reason.

Police sources said that they are also investigating whether the reports about a few youths whose pictures have gone viral have joined militant outfit Al-Badr. “We are finding out whether pictures are real in nature,” they said.