12 militants surrender in J&K
18 October 2000
Jammu: Twelve militants belonging to different groups Wednesday surrendered before the security forces in Surankot in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the Defence Spokesman, twelve armed secessionists belonging to various pro-Pakistan militant groups Wednesday laid their arms before Major General Richard Khare General- officer Commanding (GOC) of Romeo Force and Mr R V Raju Inspector General of Police Jammu zone. The surrendered militants were all locals from the area and they belonged to groups like Harkat-ul-jehad-e- Islami, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Harkat-Ul-Mujahedeen and Tehreek-e-Jehad-Islami. The militants surrendered alongwith their arms and ammunition in ceremony that was also witnessed by a large local gathering of about 500 persons from around the area. According to local sources in Poonch district the villagers around Surankot area played a major role in bringing about this surrender, as they wanted their kins to joins the mainstream. The spokesman said that the security forces have eliminated about 260 militants in this area since June this year. He said that pressure on the militants resulted into the surrender by twelve militants and more surrenders may follow. Mr Raju assured adequate security and protection to the surrendered militants and their families. The militants often target the militants, who had surrendered earlier in the state and their families. So far, about seventy militants have surrendered before the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir state this year. About 2500 militants have surrendered before security forces since 1991 while the highest number was 655 in 1996. The trend of surrenders has been declining, which the observers attribute to lack of proper rehabilitation.