28 Oct 2017/Saturday 

The falling rate in Lashkar e Taiba ranks got a boost, when a Jammu and Kashmir policeman, who was on leave, joined the terror outfit on Saturday. Selection grade constable Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, on training in Kathua district of Jammu region had taken leave to come to the Kashmir Valley’s Shopian district earlier this week. Dar was shifted from Kargil to Kathua in July after adverse reports about his alleged “militant sympathies”.

“He was under police radar but we can’t arrest a person unless he does something,” a senior police officer said.

“After coming home, the constable left his home to report back to duty last week but went missing and a report was lodged by his family.

“It is now learnt that he has joined the LeT outfit,” the police said, adding the matter was still being investigated.

Pictures of the missing constable wielding an AK-47 rifle had appeared on social media, confirming the news of desertion. This year alone at least six policeman have deserted the ranks to join the militants organization. Many policemen have been killed by militants.

It is not clear, whether Dar joined the militant outfit to save his family members, as many of his relatives are in police. Dar’s entry into LeT will enhance the falling cadre strength at one hand and at the same time likely to provide the protection to his family.

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