Three more Youths Shuns militancy in Kashmir; return to their homes

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Srinagar: Three local ultras have shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream in the strife torn Kashmir valley. “Three young boys in valley came back home in response to the call of their families. God bless them”, tweeted Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir. Two boys from Kangan area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, who had gone missing and later updated their pictures carrying a hand grenade over social media, have today surrendered before Army in Pulwama.
The boys Suhail Ahmad Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar, a class 10th student and Arif Ahmad Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar, a 9th class student had gone missing after offering Friday prayers at the local mosque in Kangan. The duo then uploaded their pictures on Facebook, carrying a hand grenade. However, today the boys returned home and joined their families, who presented them before the Army at the 55 RR camp. The Army has assured the boys every help in their endeavour to return to the mainstream and promised that no cases will be pursued against them. The boys have handed over the hand grenade to the Army. The officials at the 55 RR camp reiterated that anyone who wants to shun violence and come back will be provided a dignified exit into the mainstream from violence. With this the number of local youth to have renounced militancy since last year has reached 10. Seven boys, including the footballer-turned-militant Majid Khan have returned after their parents made a fervent appeal to shun violence. In fact the family of fidayeen Manzoor Ahmad Baba of Drubgam had made emotional appeal for his homecoming.
However, he chose to ignore it and opted for the path of terror before he was killed along with two others, including 16 year old class X dropout Fardeen Ahmad Khanday when they stormed the CRPF 185th battalion camp at Lethpora on Sunday. “I hope more boys will come back. Our effort is that the local militants should drop guns & we will help them to join the mainstream, DGP said Data reveal that Jammu and Kashmir police have brought back 74 boys from becoming militants in 2017 across the valley. Around 206 terrorists have been neutralized, of which 84 were locals and 121 foreign terrorists in 2017.

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