Teenagers Joining Militancy A New Worry: IGP  

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SRINAGAR — The Police has sought the feedback from its district heads about the fresh trend of teenagers joining the militant ranks so that appropriate measures are taken to plug it before “situation goes out of hand.”

“We are checking what has actually happened. I have sought the report in this regard,” said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, S P Pani.

On Sunday, in an 18-hour-long gunfight, two teenagers—Mudasir Parray, 14 and Saqib Bilal, 17, both residents of Hajin Bandipora area of north Kashmir were killed along with a Pakistani militant Ali Bhai in a fierce encounter at Mujgund area on Srinagar outskirts.

The killing of Mudasir and Saqib triggered a fresh debate as to whether teenagers joining militancy was a dangerous trend in Kashmir though it was not for the first time.

A Police officer said that they are looking into the things that push the youth, especially the teenagers into the militancy. “We need to plug it sooner the better though it has not taken a serious turn yet,” he said wishing not to be named. “We will assess all the past cases as to what pushes the youth to militancy.”

On the social network, the pictures of Mudasir, who had joined Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in August this year along with his friend and neighbour Saqib, have gone viral. “This is dangerous trend, what has happened to Kashmir. 14 year old boy, who should have been holding pen in his hand, died fighting forces,” wrote Shahzad Ahmed, a netizen.

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