February 2019 News

Gun Wielding Picture Of Sgr Youth Goes Viral,Mother Appeals For Return

2 February 2019
Kashmir Observer

Srinagar: The family of a 22-year-old youth from Natipora area of Srinagar on Saturday made a passionate appeal for his return after his gun-wielding picture surfaced on the social media taking his family by surprise. Danish Haneef Wani went missing soon after he left home for prayers in the nearby mosque on December 30. His family lodged a missing report at police station Chanapora on the next day. However, a picture of Wani holding a gun and a copy of Qur'an in his hand surfaced on social media on Saturday. According to the picture, Wani has joined Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group on January 8. 'He was never been detained nor has he participated in any protest. Danish has completed his B.Com,' said Shoaib Haneef Wani, his younger brother. Danish, according to family sources has been an obedient son to his parents. 'On December 30 last year, he left his home to offer Zuhr prayers but didn't return,' said Shoaib. 'He never discussed about joining militancy or leaving home. Today, we were surprised to see his photograph where-in he is wielding a gun. A senior police officer said they were verifying the authenticity of the photograph. 'We are in touch with his parents and hope that Danish pays heed to his mother's passionate appeal and would return home soon,' he said. In December last year, police had persuaded Ehtesham Bilal, a resident of Khanyar area of Srinagar, who had purportedly joined so called Islamic State group.