After operation ‘All Out’, Forces start operation ‘outreach’ in Kashmir

Srinagar/ Correspondent
December 13, 2017 STATE 640 Views

After launching operation ‘All Out’ against ultras active in the valley early this year, security forces have started operation ‘outreach’, which aims at bringing local militants back to the mainstream by taking help from their families.
As per reports police was organizing interactive sessions in south Kashmir, including Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag, to motivate families of local militants to persuade their children to shun violence and once again be a part of mainstream.
The major shift in the policy to deal with militants was witnessed after reports emerged that there was an alarming increase in local youth joining militancy in the valley, “besides appeal from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who asked security forces to put in an all out effort to make the local militants shun violence and join the mainstream.”

The Chief Minister announced doubling the reward money for those who get militants to surrender. “When you get an opportunity where a local militant is ready, before or during an encounter, to surrender… I will give you double the reward for bringing him back alive,” she said in October in Kashmir.
Following the shift in the policy, top officials from different security agencies in September this year appealed to local militants to shun violence and join mainstream. The move assumed significance as it came just a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a security review meeting in the valley during his four-day long visit to the state.
But, the change in policy got more support among security agencies after ace footballer-turned-militant Majid Irshad Khan, surrendered over a week after he joined militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in November 2017. Later, Majid was sent outside the state to pursue studies and a career in sports. Soon after Majid’s surrender, Indian football icon Baichung Bhutia had offered his service to ace goalkeeper in pursuing his football dream, He offered to train Majid to train him at the Bhaichung Bhutia Football School in New Delhi.
Since then, about a half-a-dozen other local militants have surrendered, some even during encounters, though their identity has been kept secret for security reasons. About half-a-dozen militants were also caught during encounters, some of them in injured condition, during the last about two months.
“The identity of the militants, who surrenders, will not be revealed for security reasons,” GOC Victor Force Major General B S Raju had said.
He said based on individual interest and capabilities of the militants, who surrender, they will be rehabilitated accordingly. “Everything, including the educational background, family background, capacity of the youth, and his liking, will be taken into consideration to work out rehabilitation of a particular individual,” he added.
State police under the new outreach policy has organized many interactive sessions with families of militants belong to four districts of south Kashmir, which is the most militancy affected areas in the valley. “We have begun meeting the families of the militants in Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag. We will reach out to other districts also and hold meetings with families of the militants,” police officials said.UNI

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