Junaid’s picture with AK-47 rifle goes viral on social media
Police constable’s son joins Jaish
The son of newly appointed chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai has reportedly joined the militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen.
The picture of Junaid Ahmad Sehrai, 26, son of Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai with an AK 47 rifle went viral on social media.
Junaid, according to the picture, has joined Hizbul Mujahideen, the biggest militant group operating in the state.
The photograph in which he is seen wearing an ammo vest and holding AK-47 went viral on WhatsApp and Facebook minutes after it was released by unknown sources.
The description of the picture reads that Khan has pursued MBA from University of Kashmir and has been code-named as Amaar Bhai.
According to the picture, he has become active with Hizb from Saturday.
A police official said Junaid’s family had lodged his missing complaint in a police station this morning.
“The missing complaint was lodged by his brother. In the complaint, he said Junaid had told that he was going to attend Friday prayers and subsequently would visit Lal Chowk to get his mobile phone repaired but did not return home,” he said.
SSP Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail Parray said it was premature to say anything at this point of time.
“We are ascertaining the authenticity of the photograph,” he said.
If Junaid’s joining militancy turns out to be true, then it would for the first time that son of a senior separatist leader has joined militant ranks.
Junaid’s family originally hail from Tekipora, Kupwara but are presently residing at Baghat, Barzullah in Srinagar.
Interestingly, PhD scholar Manan Bashir, who joined Hizb in January this year, belongs to same village. The two, reportedly, have remained friends.
On March 15, Bilal Ahmad Shah son of Shams-u-Din Shah of Shartmuqam, Lolab joined Hizb. The photograph of shah, who is son of a slain militant, had surfaced on social media—revealing his joining militant ranks.
Junaid’s father Sehrai recently took over as chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) after its founding chairman Syed Ali Geelani stepped down from the post to pave way for Sehrai’s elevation.
TeH was formed in 2004 after Geelani parted ways with Jamaat-e-Islami and it has been a constituent of Hurriyat conference.
In his first interview after becoming TeH chairman, Sehrai came down heavily on those showing support to Daesh or IS saying the “freedom camp in Kashmir does not have a global agenda and has nothing to do with the Daesh and its ideology.”
Talking to Rising Kashmir, DGP S P Vaid termed Junaid’s joining militancy as “unfortunate”.
“It is unfortunate. Sehrai and all other parents, whose sons have gone towards militancy, should appeal their sons to return back to mainstream,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aabid Maqbool Bhat son of a police constable Mohammad Maqbool and hailing hailing from Khangund, Tral has joined Jaish-e-Mohammad.
Aabid’s picture with an AK-47 rifle has gone viral on social media. In the picture, he has announced his joining Jaish-e-Mohammad with a code name of ‘Umar Bhai’.
There has been a significant increase in militant recruitment in last two years with some recruits like Junaid and Manan having high academic qualifications.
Last year, 126 youth joined militant groups in Kashmir even as around 210 militants were killed in forces’ anti-militancy operations. (Additional inputs from GNS)