Kashmir

Shopian: Top police officers visit families of 30 ‘militants’ to return home

Srinagar: As four militants returned home in last few days, police in Shopian have started an initiative to reach out the families of the youth who have joined militancy for getting them to the “mainstream”.

DIG South Kashmir S P Pani, SSP Shopian Sriram Ambarkar and the Shopian Police team met almost 30 families in a bid call back their near ones.

Sources said that during the interaction police assured to the families that the doors to mainstream are open to these “misguided” youth and every care will be taken for their dignified rehabilitation if they shun the “path of violence”.

After the interaction, the DIG South Kashmir talked to every family separately and listened to them patiently. “Some of the family members turned extremely emotional and burst into tears for their loved ones being on the path of death and destruction.”

Every family shared the circumstances in which their loved ones left their homes and joined militant ranks, a police officer told GNS.

The officer said the families appreciated the opening of “such channels of communication” and that “this will definitely go a long way in bridging the gap between public and administration.”

The whole police team promised their assistance to the families wholeheartedly, the officer said. “The interaction was indeed an extremely fruitful exercise and beginning of a new chapter in policing in the district,” the officer said.

Separately some of the families using the media platform made emotional appeals to their near ones to join the family back. (GNS)

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