Hello, We Are Joining Militants: 5 Boys Call Home

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SRINAGAR — Five boys on Monday left their homes and called their respective families that they are joining militant ranks, police said.

The boys, whose names have not been revealed, were “rescued” and had no contact with the militants, a police spokesperson said. 

 “Parents of some boys from Srinagar reported to Police that they received phone calls from their kids who had left for their school in morning informing that they are going to join the (militant) ranks,” the spokesperson said, adding, “To ensure quick and timely action, Srinagar police constituted a special team and with the help of families  strenuous efforts led  to tracing of  all the five missing boy.”

He said that boys were brought back safely. “It is learnt that the boys were threatening to join militancy whereas no active association of these boys could be found with any outfit.”

Later, the spokesperson said, the five boys were counselled and handed over to the parents. “Timely information and efforts of the family played a key role in this endeavour,” the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, police said ten associates of militants were arrested in Pulwama district on Monday as the police claimed to have busted two modules of militant outfits, officials said.

“Two militant modules of Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammad were busted after 10 associates of militant outfits were arrested,” a police officer said.

Police said a special team was constituted to deal with a surge in militant activities in south Kashmir areas.

Of the 10 associates, four were arrested in Tral area and six in Khrew area of Pulwama district.

Detonators, gelatin sticks and materials used in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from the arrested persons, the officer said.

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