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DGP wishes family a “happy re-union”

Srinagar, Mar 02: Police on Friday said a boy, who had joined militancy in Kashmir, returned home today following an appeal by his mother.

“Another young boy responding to the appeals of crying mother returned to the fold of family leaving path of violence in the valley,” DGP S P Vaid said in a tweet today.

The DGP also wished a happy reunion to the family in his tweet.

“I wish the family happy re-union”, he said.

However, the details of the boy have been kept secret “in order to ensure his security”.

More than a dozen militants have laid down their arms in Kashmir since last year when police had announced that they will accept offer to surrender of local militants even during ongoing encounters.

Notably, last month, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply to a question of BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa in the Legislative Council, said that four “misguided youths” shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream.

“Efforts are being made to counsel the families of militants to convince their wards to give up violence,” she said.

The Chief Minister said her government had taken a number of initiatives to contain radicalisation and extremism, and undertaken youth engagement activities, such as cricket tournaments.

Mufti said youth clubs had been set up at the police station-level to train them in information technology and indoor games.

She also mentioned about the surveillance on social media, which she said had been enhanced as the Internet plays a major role in “radicalization” of the youth.

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