Eleven militants surrender before Army in Kashmir
17 April 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Eleven militants surrendered to senior Army officials and other security forces at a ceremony held at Shariefabad headquarters of the Kilo force. With their faces covered, the militants filed past and laid down their arms before the security officials. The militants from various outfits, including the Hizbul Mujahideen, were active in Barmullah and Budgam district over the last few years. A senior army official said the Army contacted them through their sources and motivated them to give up violence and promised to help them lead a peaceful life. "This brings out the human face of the Army," said Gen Sharma. "We are willing to give a helping hand to those who wish to give up violence and bring peace to the Valley." This is the first time that militants have agreed to surrender during the ceasefire. The officials present were Kilo Force GOC Maj General Nirbhay Sharma, IGP (Kashmir Range) Dr Ashok Bhan, BSF IG (Baramullah range) B N Chaturvedi and BSF IG (Srinagar range) G S Gill.