Army Wants Ex-terrorists Rehabilitated Outside J&K
15 November 2004
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir police and the army have sent a proposal to the state government to rehabilitate surrendering terrorists in other parts of the country for their safety. Sources said that chief minister Mufti Mohamed Sayeed will take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the Valley. Terrorists who surrendered in the recent past, have been attacked by the terrorist organisations they once belonged to. In order to provide security to their families, senior army and police officials have requested the state government to rehabilitate them in other states, where they can find jobs and lead a peaceful life. Sources said the policy of rehabilitating surrendered terrorists within the state has not created much impact due to the unsafe environment in the Valley. Terrorist outfits operating in the state are under tremendous pressure from across the border to build pressure on local cadres so that they don't surrender. After witnessing the condition of Mariyam Begum, sister of a surrendered militant, whose nose and ears were chopped off by terrorists in Doda, security forces want surrendered terrorists to be rehabilitated outside the state. 'It's an acid test for us. If we succeed in rehabilitating surrendered militants, many would join the mainstream,' said a senior army officer.