Guwahati, July 9: The brother of an IPS officer, who was missing for the past two months, has formally joined the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as per media reports.
A picture of twenty-five-year-old Shamsul Haq Mengnoo holding an AK-47 rifle went viral on social media on Sunday.
His elder brother Inan Ul Mengnoo is a 2012 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer now posted as Commandant, battalion Mandakata, North Guwahati.
According to the details, provided in the photograph, Shamsul joined the Hizbul Mujahideen on May 22, the day he went missing. He has been given the code name Burhan Sani.
As per reports, Shamsul was pursuing a Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery degree in a government college at Zakura, on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir, when he went missing in May this year. He hails from Draggud village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Speaking to TIME8 on June 27, while he was posted as the Superintendent of Police, West Karbi Anglong, Inan Ul Mengnoo said, “I am cent per cent sure my brother has not joined any terror groups in Kashmir, but we are yet to ascertain his whereabouts.”
On the other hand, a police officer said they were ascertaining the veracity of reports of Shamsul joining the Hizbul Mujahideen. The police is also verifying the authenticity of the picture.
The Hizbul Mujahideen (Party of Holy Warriors) is a Kashmiri separatist militant organization founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. Holding a pro-Pakistan ideology, the group is considered to be the largest indigenous militant group in Kashmir.