Police ‘Prevents’ 4 Youth From Joining Militancy

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Srinagar: Police on Tuesday claimed to have prevented four youth brainwashed by Pakistan based recruiters’ through social media handles, from joining militant ranks.

Two teenagers from central Kashmir’s Budgam district were recovered from Tral town in south Kashmir after being tracked by police teams, a police spokesperson said Tuesday. The teens, he said, had left their houses on March 14 and had gone missing thereafter.

“Both the youth are in their early teenage, and had got influenced on social media to join militant ranks. They were instigated by Pakistan based recruiting handlers through social media handles,” the police spokesperson said.

Both the teenagers, he said, were properly counselled in presence of their family members and handed over to their parents.

In a similar action in Ganderbal district, police said it saved two youth from Batwina and Kurhama areas from joining militancy.

The duo, the police spokesperson said had initially gone to Shopian after leaving their homes to join militant ranks. Both of them were apprehended by police when they reached Karannagar-Batamaloo axis.

“Facts have been revealed by the duo that they were motivated by Pakistan based handlers to join militancy and asked to establish contact with their ground cadre in District Shopian. After proper counselling, both the youth will be handed over to their parents,” he added.

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