A Sopore youth who was missing for last six months has reportedly joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.
A purported gun wielding picture of Liyaqat Ahmad Lone son of Ghulam Muhammad Lone of Harwan, Sopore, went viral on social networking site on Saturday, speculating that Liyaqat has joined militant outfit.
Liyaqat as per sources was missing for last six months from the area and his parents had lodged a missing report at police station Sopore.
While confirming missing youth's alleged association with militant outfit HM, senior superintendent of police Sopore, Javed Iqbal, said, "Liyaqat Ahmad Lone is already a categorised militant and has joined militant ranks several months back."
Purported pictures of three Kupwara youth yielding guns went viral on social media on Saturday.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that the three youth identified as Zahoor Ahmad Mir of Thayen Kalaroose, Abdul Gani Khawaja of Kralgund Handwara and Furkan Rashid Lone of Langate Handwara have allegedly joined militancy recently.
A police official said that Zahoor Ahmad Mir was missing since May and a missing report is already registered at the police station Kalaroose.
"A photo has gone viral in which Zahoor can be seen wielding an assault rifle. We are still ascertaining the facts whether he has really joined any militant outfit or not", a top police official said.
The police sources suspect that the trio may have joined militant ranks months ago.
The pictures have gone viral ahead of top Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani's second death anniversary.
Earlier this year, a Ph D scholar Manan Wani, a businessman Bilal Ahmad and Tehreek e Hurriyat chief Ashraf Sehrai's son Junaid Sehrai had also joined militancy. All the three militants hail from Lolab area of Kupwara district.