‘Will Treat Militants Wishing To Surrender With Respect, Love’

Kulgam—Calling the militants as ‘our own children’, Jammu Kashmir Police Chief, Dr Shesh Paul Ved, Monday, said those militants who are willing to return to their families will be treated with ‘respect’ and ‘love’.

 “The militants are our own children,” DGP while interacting with policemen at District Police Lines in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, said.

“I request their mothers to persuade them to return to the families. Few days back, we treated an injured militant with affection and we want these militants should shun the path of violence.”

He was accompanied by Inspector General of Police Munir Ahmed Khan and other officers of the district.

DGP thanked policemen for restoring peace in Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian, the three districts that witnessed large scale violence in 2016 uprising.

He said bullet proof jackets and vehicles will be made available to policemen very soon.

Ved had on Sunday asserted that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved some 190 militants in the current year in the valley have been eliminated.

He said police and other agencies have set up help lines for militants and their families to contact them for an ‘honourable’ surrender. “Those who are willing can come back,” Ved said. “We have set up help lines to listen to their calls. If they are not able to a contact us, their relatives could contact us and a way out would be find out to facilitate their return to the mainstream.”

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir range, Muneer Ahmad Khan, ruled out hand of ISIS in Zakura shootout in which a sub-inspector Imran Ahmad Tak and a militant of Parimpora area on the outskirts of Srinagar were killed and two others were injured. (CNS)

‘Surrender Helpline’ Set Up

The CRPF Inspector General Zulfiquar Hasan on Monday said security forces would pull out all the stops to ensure that the local boys who have joined various militant groups come back to the mainstream.

He said they were opening their helpline Madadgar, launched earlier this year, for helping local militants who wanted to return home but did not know whom to contact.

“We are going to use the return of footballer Majeed Khan as an example to convince other boys who have joined the terror groups,” Hasan said.

The CRPF helpline 1441 launched earlier this year has received more than 70,000 calls, the officer said. “Since it is an established helpline, we decided that it should be used to help the local militants return home. We will guide them,” he said.

The officer said that as per the J&K police 60 boys had been weaned from militancy. “Following Majeed’s case, two more families have also appealed for their sons to return,” he said.

A senior Home Ministry official said that as of now 200 militants remained active in the Valley. On Sunday, J&K DGP S.P. Vaid had said that 190 militants had been killed this year and of them 66 were local boys.

As per a new surrender policy the State was considering provision of “passports and jobs to any local youth who gives up the gun” and “support for his full assimilation into society.”

Another official said that fresh recruitment of local boys by militant groups was going on primarily in South Kashmir districts.


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