Missing Kashmir student joins militant ranks, pledges allegiance to ISIS

A Kashmir student, who had gone missing last month from New Delhi, has purportedly joined militant ranks.

Ehtisham Bilal, who was enrolled at Greater Noida’s Shardha University, was missing since October 28. However today his purported audio along with a picture surfaced on social media where in he announces his induction into the ranks of Jundul Khilafah, a unit of Islamic State in Kashmir.

Ehtisham, who has been given nom-de-guarra of Abu Muhammad Al-Inghamasi, pledges allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and diassociates himself from all other armed and political groups of Kashmir in the puported video.

Ehtisham first came to limelight after he was roughed up by a mob of students at Shardha University. He was injured in the assault and subsequently hospitalised. However days after the assault, he left the university on the pretext of going for sight-seeing in neighbouring Delhi but never returned.

Ehtisham’s family had staged series of protests in summer capital, seeking his whereabouts from authorities.