Assam Police have started an investigation soon after reports about a youth from Assam about joining Jammu and Kashmir-based militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has emerged. The development took place after photographs of Qamer-Uz-Zaman, a native of Jamunamukh in Hojai district went viral on social media.
Zaman was seen holding an automatic weapon in the photographs. His family, including his mother, Shahira Khatun identified him on social media. Hailing from a middle-class family in Assam, Zaman had stayed in the US for four years. He returned in 2006 and shifted to the Kashmir Valley and told the family that he had started a garment business.
According to the family they had not heard from him since last July, which led them to file a missing person complaint with the police. They said that they have not been able to contact him since July 2017. Qamer’s mother said that government can shoot him if he is associated with such an organization.
Pallab Bhattacharya, a top police official said that the police have taken up the matter with Jammu and Kashmir Police after receiving intelligence from a central agency. He also mentioned that it is difficult to confirm whether he has joined the group or not. However they are in touch with the state police and have started a detailed investigation to get more information on him.