Srinagar, Nov 15: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Munir Ahmad Khan today claimed that only 15-17 have joined militant ranks during past four months in Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, the IGP denied those reports which suggested that 41 youths have joined militant ranks during past four months. Although he refused to divulge exact figure but said the number stands somewhere from 15-17.
When asked what drives youth towards militancy, the Kashmir police chief said that “it is a matter of discussion” but at the same time blamed “relentless social media campaign” and “religious exploitation” or young minds for the same. He reiterated that government forces are ready to take surrenders of local militants even during encounters.
Referring to the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in Kund Qazigund area of Kulgam district, the IGP said that the government forces despite being fired upon arrested an injured militant from encounter site whole two others were also arrested in same area. The IGP identified the arrested militants as Muzamil Manzoor, Shamsul Viqar and Atta Muhammad Malik. Two militants including Muzamil and Shamsul were produced before media.
The police chief said Atta Muhammad was hit by bullets in his leg and was half dead. “In spite of taking one casualty, our jawans did not kill him but was arrested,” he said, referring the killing of one army soldier in the encounter that also saw killing of one local militant. The IGP said that the injured militant is undergoing treatment.
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The IGP Khan said that the operation in Kund and adjoining areas is still underway. “At one specific location, the operation is on as we suspect presence of one local and one foreign militant”, he said. He once again on the behalf of police, CRPF and army urged local militants to surrender, join mainstream and return to their families while also assuring them of rehabilitation. (GNS)