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“Send him home”: Missing Kashmiri student’s parent appeal ISIS

The social media post showed a picture in which Ehtesham is dressed in a black militant outfit standing beside an ISIS flag and announced he had joined the ISJK.

 

Srinagar| The parents of Ehtesham Bilal Sofi has appealed him to shun the gun and return home. Earlier today, the news of 17-years old student joining the militant ranks had shocked the entire nation. Ehtesham, a young Kashmiri was studying at Sharada University in Greater Noida. Reportedly, he has joined the Islamic State Jammu Kashmir (ISJK) a militant organization that follows ISIS ideology.

Talking to media, his father Bilal Ahmad Sofi requested him to return home. He also appealed the militant organization to let his son return home. “He is young and naive and should be allowed to return to his parents. The entire family has been devastated after learning about him having turned to the gun,” Ehtesham’s father said.

Ehtesham joined the organization against his parent’s will. His father said that this amounts to disobedience which is forbidden by Islam. He further said that his mother had fallen sick since the news went viral. He added, “Your mother has fallen ill as she is in a state of shock and disbelief and has not eaten anything since you went missing.”

Ehtesham went missing from Sharda University campus on October 28. According to the authorities, he had left the campus with official permission to go to Delhi.

However, his drastic step is also being connected to the campus scuffle between students. On October 4, Ehtesham was mistakenly beaten up during a scuffle between Indian and Afghan students in the campus. His missing complaint was filed in greater Noida police station as well as Khanyar police station in Srinagar.

A social media post appeared on Friday claiming he has joined the ranks of ISJK. The post showed a picture in which he is dressed in a black militant outfit standing beside an ISIS flag and announced he had joined the ISJK.

Reacting to the news, Former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah tweeted, “If this is genuine it’s hugely worrying. Sometimes seemingly small actions have huge consequences.” He further speculated, “If what happened to him at #ShardaUniversity has lead him to choose such a destructive path it’s even more tragic. One more life on the path to ruin and one more family in turmoil.”

The police officials said they have begun investigations into the case. The UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) IG said, “We are in touch with Jammu and Kashmir police. We are tracking the footprints of the boy from Greater Noida to Kashmir.”

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