Police, Army play no surrender, no apprehension policy to woo ‘misguided’ local boys back

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By KNO on 01/05/2019.

Police, Army play no surrender, no apprehension policy to woo ‘misguided’ local boys back

Security top brass gives credit to families, community for persuading youth to shun militancy

Srinagar, May 01: The police and the army while hailing the decision of Pulwama youth who had picked up arms and now joined back his family to live a normal life, stating that the all the local boys are free to contact their families as they won’t have to surrender before the forces and they won’t be apprehended or arrested too.

The police under which local boys who have joined militant ranks are coming back—no surrender, no apprehension policy with the active support of families especially mothers of local boys, who have gone astray, a senior police officer disclosed to KNO.

“The gun-wielding boys willing to quit militancy can now contact their families, return and start their lives afresh and that they “don’t need to necessarily surrender before the police or the army,” he said. “We will automatically come to about every youth who returns to his home and will remove his name from the list of active militants.”

The police officer said that the move was aimed was aimed to ensure “return of maximum youth who have picked up arms in the recent past.” “This is an offer only for our local boys,” a top police officer told KNO. He said that the offer is to ensure that there is “no security threat, harassment, fear or the fear of reprisal” among local militants “who wish to join their families again and start their lives afresh.”

Police and the army announced the return of a youth who had joined militancy in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, on their respective twitter handles stating that families and the community playing commendable role in bring back the youth who had joining various militant ranks.

Since 2017, the security forces especially, police and the army have launched a major offensive on the new age militancy triggered by the killing of young militant commander Burhan Wani in July 2016 as the recruitment of local boys had shown a steep rise and continued to pose a challenge for the forces grid till mid-2018.

Senior officers assert that the recruitment started going down after the killing of top commanders of various militant outfits like Bashir Lashkari of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Sameer Tiger of Hizbul Mujahideen, Noor Muhammad Trali of Jaish-e-Muhammad. “Today not just the militant recruitment is down, but we are seeing an increasing trend of youth coming back to their homes after quitting militancy,” a senior officer revealed to KNO.