Kashmir: Third man from security forces joins militants this year

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"He was supposed to report back to duty on October 23 but he failed and the preliminary investigations have confirmed he has joined the LeT terror outfit", said a police officer who spoke to this newspaper on condition of anonymity.

An alleged photo of a Jammu and Kashmir policeman with an AK-47 rifle has gone viral on the social networking sites.

Ishfaq had joined the police force in 2012.

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"There are reports we are trying to confirm".

An FIR was lodged in the case, proclaiming him missing. The police, however, said it was investigating the matter to know the facts.

The Hindustan Times, quoting sources, added that a number of people in Dar's family, including his brother, were policemen.

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In June, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohammad Ayub Pandith, was lynched by a violent mob in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar.

Records shows for the last two years half dozen policemen have deserted the force and joined militancy in Kashmir. In recent months, several policemen have been killed or attacked and their homes ransacked by suspected militants, seen as warnings to local police personnel to stop participating in counter-insurgency operations. In May, a constable from Shopian, Syed Naveed Mushtaq, decamped with four service rifles and joined the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen. Later it was learnt that he has joined Hizb-ul-Mujahedeen militant outfit.

In July, an army man Zahoor Ahmad Thokar of Sirnoo village of Pulwama district, who was posted in 173 Territorial Army (TA) engineering regiment at Gantmulla Baramulla district, fled from his unit with AK 47 and three magazines and joined militancy.

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IGP said reports suggest that Dar has joined Lashkar.

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