Constable Mashooq Ahmad failed to report for duties at the office of SDPO Bijbehara for two days, raising suspicion about his activities, a police official said.
During the inspection of the police station premises, four assault rifles were found missing. It was suspected that the constable took the rifles with him, the police official said, adding an alert had been sounded in south Kashmir area to trace the "deserter".
Mashooq, a resident of Shopian district, was part of the security cover of DSP Irshad Ahmad, who was injured in a militant attack at Bijbehara on December 24.

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