Muslim Indian soldier absconding with Service weapons in Kashmir, feared to have joined Lashkar-e-Toiba
Posted by jagoindia on March 9, 2009
Soldier absconding with Service weapons in Kashmir
Sun, Mar 8 07:00 PM
Jammu, March 8 (IANS) An Indian Army soldier Sunday deserted his unit and took away with him at least two Service weapons in a mountainous district in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the police, Zafar Ullah, a soldier with 169 Territorial Army posted in 8 Rashtriya Rifles in Doda district, ran away with two rifles. Zafar is a local from the district.
‘The army has reported the matter and we are jointly conducting searches to catch the absconder,’ said a police officer.
The police said the army was conducting the audit of its weapons and it was not clear whether the soldier ran away with two or three weapons. End
Territorial Army soldier feared to have joined Lashkar in Doda
March 9th, 2009 – 5:07 pm ICT by ANI –
By Tahir Nadeem Khan
Jammu, March 9 (ANI): Territorial Army and police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, fear that one of their personnel has deserted his unit and joined the Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Both claimed that Zafarullah, a soldier with the 169 Territorial Army, which is posted in Doda district, ran away with two rifles on Sunday morning.
Police said they were verifying a report that Zafarullah is the brother of dreaded Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Hanief Mohammad, who has presently taken shelter in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Zafarullah was recruited by the Territorial Army three years ago.
He was attached with the 8 Rashtriya Rifles, which was deployed on Bharat Road at Deshnan near Doda.
A red alert has been sounded for the capture of the deserter.
PRO (Defense) Lieutenant Colonel Biplab Nath confirmed the news of Zafarullah’’s desertion.
“A massive manhunt has been launched by a joint team of the army and police to nab the deserter. The cops have been put on alert and all routes have been plugged to stop the deserter from moving out of Doda district,” he said. (ANI)