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Cop decamps with service rifle

Srinagar, Apr 25: A policeman has gone missing along with a service rifle from police post-Pakherpora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday evening.
Sources said that a Jammu and Kashmir police constable who was posted as a constable in Police Post Pakherpora has been missing and has taken AK-47 rifle with him.
A police officer said that constable Tariq Bhat (belt number 1151) son of Mohammad Abdullah Bhat of Khasipora Shopian had gone missing from the police post soon after he assumed the night shift duty in sentry post at around 9:00 pm.
“He is believed to have fled away with an AK-47 rifle along with the ammunition as he was not found inside the post,” the officer said.
SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh, when contacted said: “Yes, a rifle is missing from the police post-Pakherpora.”
“We are ascertaining the incident and investigations into it has been launched,” he added.
A joint team of army and SOG visited the spot and launched a massive manhunt to trace out the missing cop.