Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen on Sunday released pictures of over 20 youths who have joined the outfit since May 21 this year.

One of the most prominent faces in the pictures was that of 25-year-old Shamsul Haq Mengnoo, brother of an Assam-cadre IPS officer. He could be seen holding an AK-47 rifle in the picture, which went viral on social media.

Inam Ul Mengnoo, Shamsul’s elder brother, is a 2012 batch Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer. He is currently posted as a Commandant in the Assam Police Commando Battalion at Mandakata, North Guwahati.

According to reports, Shamsul had gone missing in May and he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen on May 22.

Hizbul has given its new recruit the code name of ‘Burhan Sani’, or Burhan the second.

Shamsul Haq Mengnoo, who is from Draggud village of Shopian district in Kashmir, was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Unani medicine from a government college at Zakura on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to media reports, while most of the new recruits hail from south Kashmir, there are youths from north and central Kashmir too.

Special police officer (SPO) Irfan Ahmad Dar, who had gone missing from Pampore police station in last week of June with an AK-47 rifle, is also among the new recruits announced by HM.