CRPF official appeals to Kashmir youth who joined militancy to return to mainstream

Srinagar: A top CRPF officer in Kashmir on Tuesday appealed to local youth who joined militant ranks, to return and said all the security forces would together help them lead a better life.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Earlier this month two young men from the Valley, who had joined militant ranks, eschewed the path of violence and returned on the appeal of their parents.

Inspector general of CRPF (operations), Zulfiquar Hassan said, "It is a good thing that the families are appealing their children to return. We are with them and we all – the forces, the state government and such families – want them to return."

"We have said it before as well and are saying it again, the youth of Kashmir who have joined militancy, we want them to leave it and return to the mainstream.

"We, all the security forces, will provide them all the help and try to provide them a better life," Hassan told reporters at an event in central Kashmir's Budgam district.

On 17 November, 20-year-old Arshid Majid Khan, a college student and footballer, had walked into an army camp and surrendered his arms and ammunition after videos of his mother Ayesha and his father appealing to him to return home started circulating on social media.

A few days later, another youth, who had joined militants, shunned the path of violence and returned home in south Kashmir following an appeal by his parents.

Updated Date: Nov 28, 2017 22:13 PM

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