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Noida: Kashmiri student, who went missing from private university in Noida joins terror group

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 November 2018, 10:09 IST

Days after Kashmiri student, who went missing from a private university in Uttar Pradesh Noida joined a terror group in the Kashmir Valley. A picture of Kashmiri teenager has been surfaced on social media on Friday claiming he has joined terrorism in the Valley.

Ahtesham Bilal Sofi, 17, a resident of downtown Srinagar, was a first-year graduation student at Greater Noida's Sharda University, who went missing last month.

Sofi went missing on October 28 after he left the university with official permission to go to Delhi, days after he was mistakenly roughed up during a scuffle between Indian and Afghan students in the campus.

In the picture on social media, Mr Sofi can be seen dressed in a black outfit and claimed he had joined terrorist group ISJK, an outfit influenced by ISIS ideology.

The UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) said it has been tracking the case since October 28 and has taken cognizance of the photos.

"We are in touch with Jammu and Kashmir police. We are tracking the footprints of the boy from Greater Noida to Kashmir," Inspector General, ATS, Asim Arun told PTI.

"A missing complaint was registered and police teams are working on the case," a senior official told PTI.

According to the police in Noida, Mr Sofi had left for Srinagar from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport in the afternoon of October 28 and reached Pulwama a few hours later.

The police said his mobile phone details showed that he last spoke to his father, who lives in Srinagar, at 4.30 pm, when his location was traced to Pulwama. However, he had told his father that he was in Delhi and was returning to the university by metro, the police said.

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First published: 3 November 2018, 10:06 IST