Only youth with ‘subversive’ background join militancy: IGP Kashmir
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Srinagar, March 17: Jammu and Kashmir police Thursday said the youth having family history of militancy, stone pelting background and those influenced by online propaganda, joins militancy.
Police also said the families whose children go missing have great faith in police as they directly approach the police stations, lodge missing reports and work jointly with police to bring back “misguided youth.”
Talking to reporters after flagging-off Bharat Darshan Tour in Central Budgam district, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar said police doesn’t organize tours and other recreational programs only to keep youth away from militancy but to explore the hidden talent of youth.
“Not like every youth but those with family history like if somebody’s brother, uncle or some other family member has been killed and those with background of stone pelting and influence by online propaganda, pick arms,” Kumar said.
He said parents of children who go missing, directly approach police, lodge missing report, and then help police to bring their wards back. “In many cases, youth return to their families. Those who don’t come back, we give them ample chances even in live encounters to surrender. Those who refuse get killed,” the IGP Kashmir said.
He said the OGW network is a big challenge for the police force. “OGWs don't remain OGW forever and that’s why we call them Hybrid militants. OGWs carry out militant activities and then remain silent for many months. It becomes difficult for us to identity them even though we have arrested 150 OGWs this year so far,” the IGP said, adding many have been identified as well.
About safety measures for policemen and other security forces going on leave in the wake of recent killing of a TA soldier in Budgam and a CRPF man in South Kashmir, he said revised Do’s and Don’ts have been issued to the policemen, CRPF personnel and even army men intending to visit homes on leave. “These SoPs are being reviewed from time to time,” he said
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