A Kashmiri student, missing for two weeks from his college in Dehradun, is found to have joined militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, police confirmed.
Shoaib Ahmed Lone, an engineering student at Alpine Institute of Management and Technology had left Dehradun on 20 September boarded a flight from Chandigarh to Srinagar, but never made it home.
Photographs of the 21-year-old joining the militant outfit surfaced on social media which alerted his family about him. As per reports, Lone was brought up by his mother after his father was killed in the early nineties.
“We came to know about his joining militancy after officials from security agencies inquired about him,” said AIMT director SK Chauhan.
After sitting for his fourth semester examination in June, Lone left for home and was supposed to return to college in August. “When we enquired about him at his house, they said his mother was ill due to which he couldn’t return,” Chauhan said.
However, on 19 September, he returned to the institute but left within a day saying his mother is seriously ill and he has a flight from Chandigarh for Srinagar.
Lone’s mother, resident of Bumrath village in Kulgam, has made a passionate video appealing him to return. “I am Shoaib’s mother. Besides God nobody is there for me. I plead that if he is with any tanzeem (organisation) please send him home… He is innocent, he made a mistake. He should come back… I will take poison. Then he is free to do anything,” she said in the video.