47 Terrorists Surrender Before DGP In J&K
9 November 2004
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Altogether 47 top terrorists on Tuesday surrendered before police at Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir. The terrorists laid down their weapons as they were fed up of terrorism, Director General of Police, J&K, Gopal Sharma told reporters at a surrender ceremony in Nagrota. Describing it as the biggest ever en mass surrender after announcement of the rehabilitation policy for surrendered terrorists by Jammu and Kashmir government, Sharma said that it is a result of the healing touch policy advocated by the state government. Due to the attraction of the policy, more and more militants are coming forward to surrender, he said and added that the process would continue in future also. So far 60 terrorists have surrendered this year and taken benefit of the policy, he said. Sharma also said that the surrender was possible due to the efforts of special forces in the Doda-Udhampur belt. At the surrender ceremony, parents and relatives of the terrorists were also present. The surrendered terrorists included seven commanders and a Hindu terrorist, Manoj Kumar of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Speaking on the occasion, 16 Corps Commander Lt Gen Ashok Kapoor said that they see a future for themselves and their families. Over the years in Jammu region alone, there have been 34 surrenders in 2000, 16 in 2001, 21 in 2002, 40 in 2003 and 99 (including these 47) this year, so far, he added.