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60 youth brought back from joining militants: DGP
‘I appeal youth who have picked up guns to surrender’
ANANTNAG, Aug 8: Director general of police Dr S P Vaid today said 60 youth have been brought back from joining militancy.

“Not only have we saved 60 lives but 60 families from destruction. Families get destroyed when their children, be it a militant or any other person, get destroyed. I appeal to those who have joined militancy to come back and surrender so that we all can make Jammu and Kashmir a prosperous place,” Vaid told reporters during his visit to DPL in Anantnag.

The DGP said that situation in south Kashmir is returning to normalcy with the cooperation of people with police and security forces.

“Our effort is that army and paramilitary moves together with police so that they don’t take any wrong step. You must have seen that no civilian casualty happened because of police. We have directed all the officers to handle people in the best possible way. But for those who have picked up guns, there is no other option,” Vaid said in reply to a question.

The DGP said that police gives militants a chance to surrender during encounters by calling their families.

“I appeal to those youth who have picked up guns to surrender so that their lives and their families are saved from destruction. Viewpoints can be put in a right manner, not in a way that creates misrule,” he said.

He appealed to media persons and social media users not to post such things which “push youth towards guns”.

The DGP said the SSPs and senior police officers will call Public-Police Contact Programmes to help in resolving grievances of the people.

IGP Kashmir Munir Khan, DIG south Kashmir Range SP Pani, SSPs of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, DIG CRPF and other officers were present during the visit. (KNS)

Stating that everyone should put forth his view point rightly, Director general of police, Vaid said that media should introspect and work responsibly to help improve the situation in valley.

"I want to tell media only one thing that we all work for improvement of the situation in valley. Nothing of the sort should be done that leads youth on the wrong path. You post, telecast or put many things on social media. Many of these posts misguide the youth," DG told reporters ,

DGP said that media shoulders a lot of responsibility to lead the youth to the right path.

"You live in Kashmir and I leave it to you. You should introspect that do you want such a situation so that youth pick up guns," top cop told reporters.

He said that he can understand the pain of parents losing their sons.

"I know what befalls the mother or father who lose their son. These youth too are very much attached to their families even if he is a militant. Their families are totally ruined. So leading these youth to the wrong path be it because of me or media we should introspect," DGP said.

He appealed the gun wielding youth to return to the normal life and save their lives. "I appeal all these gun wielding youth who have been misguided by some elements to return to mainstream and save not only their lives but their families too," he told reporters.

Top cop said that everyone has his view point but that has to be put forth rightly.

Replying to a question about the worsening situation in valley particularly in south Kashmir, DGP claimed that there is lot of improvement in the situation in south as compared to last year.

"If you compare it with last year there is a lot of improvement in situation. South Kashmir also is limping back to normalcy. This improvement in situation was possible only due to the support of public," DGP said.

Top cop said that police is always trying to make army and paramilitary forces walk along with them so that there is no mistake on their part.

"You might have seen there is never any civilian casualty in presence of police," Vaid said.

Asked about the number of militants active in valley, DG said that there is no fixed number.

"I don't believe in numbers. Some militants get killed other join. There is also infiltration. So there is no fixed number. Numbers keep changing. Our priority is only to normalise the situation," DGP said.

Asked about NIA raids on pro-freedom leaders, DG said that whosoever has traded the blood should be ready to face the law.

"You might have heard their statements on TV. So I don't need to comment on that. Whosoever has traded the blood should be ready to face the law. Even if I violate the law I should be ready for it," DGP said.

News Updated at : Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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