Surrendered Militants Warn Govt16 October 2011
Srinagar: Expressing concern over their plight and ‘sufferings’, the surrender militants Sunday asked government to rehabilitate and provide jobs to them and stop their harassment at the hands of security agencies within a month or face legal fight and agitation. “There should be no politics over our plight as we have suffered a lot during past 20 years of turmoil. Our demands which include rehabilitation and providing jobs to us should be met by the government,” president J&K Surrendered Militants Association (JKSMA), Farooq Ahmad told media persons in Baramulla today. The surrendered militants association was formed last year. “We formed the association to collectively fight for our rights. We have been left high and dry by the government as it has neither rehabilitated us nor provided jobs to us as was promised to us,” he said. Farooq demanded that all cases based on false allegations against them in police stations should be withdrawn. “The security agencies should stop harassing us, authorities should provide passports to us and our relatives without any hindrances and some of us, who were disengaged from services for militant links should be reinstated in government departments,” he demanded. Accusing Government of India (GoI) of adopting double standards, he said, “If a naxalite or any other militant surrenders in any other part of India, he is immediately rehabilitated and recruited in forces. However, in Kashmir we are not only being shunted out but harassed and discriminated”. Farooq alleged that they have been exploited by successive regimes in the State on the name of “rehabilitation policies”. “The political parties are playing politics on our name. They promised to rehabilitate us under different schemes but none of the schemes have been executed on ground,” he said. Stating that they have no regrets of their past, he said they were forced to opt for gun. “We were in jails for greater part of our lives. At this stage of life, we can’t do anything. Government must take steps to rehabilitate us,” he said. Farooq said if their demands were not met by the government, they will knock the doors of Supreme Court to fight legal battle for their cause. “We will also agitate in favour of our demands, if these were not met by the government within a month,” he warned. He said in case of government’s failure to fulfil their demands, all the surrendered militants and their family members will participate in a peaceful foot march from Tetwal in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district to Lakhanpur.