October 2017 News

Police Asks Local Militants In Jammu And Kashmir To Surrender

16 October 2017
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: Terming the militant recruitment in Valley as a major concern for security forces, Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday appealed the local militants to surrender and assured them of support and rehabilitation into the mainstream. 'The local militants should surrender. Whoever wants to surrender, we will fully support them. We will do whatever possible to rehabilitate them into mainstream,' Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Muneer Ahmad Khan told reporters, here. He said even during the encounters, if local militants' alongwith their arms come out to surrender, they would allow them to surrender. 'They are our own people and they should surrender,' he said. IG CRPF Zulfiqar Hussain and Commander of Army's 2 sector Sachin Malik, who flanked the IGP Kashmir, also appealed the local militants to surrender. 'The door for local militants to surrender is open. It involves a lot of restraint on our part during operations and we are willing to do that. If local militants are willing to surrender, our doors are open,' Malik said. Khan said there has been excellent response of their surrender appeal to local militants. 'I will not disclose number of people, who have surrendered. It is not necessary that we disclose every surrender. We will show the things at appropriate time,' he said. Asked whether this surrender policy would also apply to foreign militants, IGP said, 'We will have to see under what circumstances the militant surrenders'. Khan disclosed that number of militants in Kashmir has decreased due to continuous and successful anti-militancy operations by security forces. About 170 militants including a dozen top commanders have been killed in security forces operations in Kashmir this year. IGP, however, said their main concern was militant recruitment 'Our main concern is recruitment of locals into militancy. We want there should be no further recruitments into militancy,' he said. The IGP said they are targeting militant leadership to stop recruitment into militancy. 'We target the militant leadership and one reason for that is that leaders are involved more in recruitment for their outfits,' he said. According to Khan, small groups of Jaish-e-Mohammad are operating in north, south and central Kashmir including fringes of Srinagar. 'We are looking for them. We recently killed top commander of Jaish Khalid in Ladoora area of south Kashmir, 'he said. The IGP also revealed that Hizbul Mujahideen militants were involved in two recent bank robberies in Valley and other such incidents. 'The militants have been identified through CCTV footage. It is the handiwork of HM and militant outfit's claim that they don't indulge in bank robberies stands negated,' he said. The IGP disclosed that security forces have arrested three militants, two of them belonging to Lashkar and another to Jaish and an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of Hizb in south Kashmir last week. Two LeT militants Khursheed Ahmad Dar and Haziq Rather were arrested after the security personnel foiled their weapon snatching bid in Kund, Qazigund in south Kashmir. Jaish militant Gulzar Ahmad Dar was arrested for his involvement in grenade attack on senior PDP leader and J&K Works Minister Naeem Akhtar in Tral area in south Kashmir last month in which three civilians were killed and over 30 injured, IGP said. He said Hizb OGW Rameez Yatoo, who works with a medical agency, was arrested and ammunition recovered from his house. 'Yatoo had on last Saturday transported Hizb militants to Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, where they attacked a police vehicle killing a policeman and injuring two others,' he said.