Another youth shuns violence in Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 5: Another youth, who had joined militant ranks recently, has shun the path of violence and returned home in Kashmir valley, responding to the appeals of a crying mother. Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid in a tweet on Monday evening said, ”One more young boy of valley who had chosen path of violence a couple of days back has joined back his family. I wish the family happy reunion. Great step forward”. With this, about a dozen youth have shun violence and joined mainstream, since footballer-turned-militant Majid Khan surrendered before Army in November, 2017. A police official said in the ongoing effort to bring the misguided youth back to the mainstream, one more youth, who had joined a militant outfit in Kashmir, has shunned the path of violence and returned home. However, he refused to share details of the youth, citing security and safety concerns of the individual. “The identity of the individual stands protected for security reasons,” he said. Five youth have shunned violence and joined mainstream since January this year. Last year, between November and December, as many as seven youth, including Majid Khan, had returned home. The official said that about 70 youth were prevented from joining militant ranks from different parts of the valley last year. (UNI)