Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbagh Singh Saturday said that there is no clue or whereabouts of the missing Territorial Army soldier from Shopian, who went missing eight months ago and that police will inform the family soon after there is any development.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of U-19 cricket tournament at SK Stadium Srinagar, the DGP said: “Police have not closed the case and investigations are on. So far there are no traces about the TA soldier from Shopian who went missing some eight months ago. It’s not clear where he was buried by the militants. Whenever we get any information, his family will accordingly be informed.”
The TA solider, Shakir Manzoor, a resident of Reshipora village of Shopian district was abducted by suspected militants on August 02 last year and his car was burnt down in Kulgam village while his clothes were found in Landoora area of Shopian on 5 August.
Pertinently, a few days after the soldier’s abduction, an unverified audio message surfaced on social media in which the speaker claimed to be a militant, without identifying himself, stating that they had abducted Shakir and killed him. The speaker had also claimed that they had buried Shakir at an unidentified location and his body won’t be returned.
bout the situation on borders, he said LoC is peaceful and there is no incident of Ceasefire Violation on the LoC after the fresh peace agreement between the officials of India and Pakistan.
He, however, said that neighbouring countries have been sending weapons in large quantities last year besides drugs and cash. “Drones were used to send narcotics, and weapons. Last year we seized large quantities of pistols, AK rifles of various kinds and M-4 US made rifles that were made in Pakistan or Afghanistan after copying the US model,” DGP Singh said.
About the list of militants active in Srinagar and the reasons for that, the DGP said that some youth have joined militancy in Srinagar and that is because of the fact that “radicalization is taking place by the elements who are not happy with the peace.” “Situation is not alarming.
We have an eco-system where we deal with such issues. As far as other districts, we will have to put our heads together where religious leaders, social activists have to play a role to ensure youth are kept away from the gun,” he said. KNO