IGP reiterates 'commitment' to local militants who want to 'rejoin their families'

IGP reiterates 'commitment' to local militants who want to 'rejoin their families'

IGP reiterates 'commitment' to local militants who want to 'rejoin their families'

"We need to have a policy for surrendered militants living in the state and want to lead a normal life and contribute towards prosperity and progress of the state as well as the nation", Khan said.

He said over 15 militants had been arrested in the past four months in south Kashmir, where militancy figures are showing an upward trend this year. The police have also urged the kin to motivate militants to rejoin their families, and in return police is promising safety and a comprehensive rehabilitation policy.

The police said Pakistan was recruiting Kashmir youth for militancy using social media. "So the search operation is on", he said.

"In the past also, we have appealed to youth, who have joined militancy, to surrender even during encounters", he said.

"Most of them, you will find, are college or school dropouts".

He said one of them, Atta Muhammad Malik, was caught in an injured condition.

Three terrorists were arrested and one was killed during an anti-militancy operation by security forces in Kund area of Kulgam district, said Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday.

Replying to a question, he said it is a point of discussion on what was the driving force or lure behind youths joining militants.

Khan identified the arrested militants as Atta Mohammad Malik, Shams ul Viqar and Bilal Sheikh.

Khan said the recruitment to militancy was higher in south Kashmir as there are more local militants.

IG CRPF at the occasion said there is a greater synergy between all the security forces to conduct anti-militancy operations.

He said that police will compile their recommendations to the government with regard to the surrender policy and it will hopefully be implemented very soon.

It may be mentioned here that the anti-militancy operation Kund has been continuing since November 14. Army will calibrate on application of force during the encounters and post encounter situations.

"We should not highlight football careers et al (about militants)", he said, when asked about well-educated youth and recently an accomplished footballer from Anantnag, Majid Khan, having joined militant ranks.

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