Srinagar, Mar 16 (GNS): Police on Tuesday claimed that four youth from two central Kashmir districts were prevented from joining the militant ranks.
“Prompt action by Police in Budgam and Ganderbal prevented four youth from joining (militant) ranks and after proper counselling were handed over to their parents,”a police spokesman told GNS ina statement.
In Budgam, he said, Police received information that two teenagers had left their houses and went missing on 14 March.
“Accordingly, police teams were constituted and subsequently tracked and recovered both the youth in Tral area of Awantipora. Both the youth are in their early teenage, and had got influenced on social media to join (militancy) ranks. They were instigated by Pakistan based recruiting handlers through social media handles,” he said, “Both the youth were properly counselled in presence of their family members and handed over to their parents.”
Meanwhile in Ganderbal, he said, Police have also saved two youth residents of Batwina and Kurhama area of Ganderbal who left their houses to join militant ranks and had initially gone to Shopian.
“Further when they reached to Karannagar-Batamaloo axis, they were apprehended by Police.”
Facts have been revealed by the duo that they were motivated by Pakistan based handlers to join militancy and asked to establish contact with their ground cadre in District Shopian, he said. “After proper counselling, both the youth will be handed over to their parents,” he said, adding, “Their families have hailed the efforts of police and thanked J&K Police for their timely action. The members of the society said that due to swift action by police, the lives and future of the boys has been saved from devastation.”