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No new reports of local youth recruitment among militant ranks in J&K: DGP

DGP Dilbag Singh added that the police have brought many youths back who had 'gone astray'

By PTI in Srinagar

  • Published 11.09.19, 3:52 PM
  • Updated 11.09.19, 3:52 PM
Paramilitary soldiers keep guard outside the main telephone exchange building in Srinagar, Kashmir, on Thursday, September 5, 2019
Paramilitary soldiers keep guard outside the main telephone exchange building in Srinagar, Kashmir, on Thursday, September 5, 2019 AP

Jammu and Kashmir director general of police Dilbag Singh on Wednesday said there have been no reports of any fresh recruitment of local youth joining militant ranks in the region, where life is returning to normal.

The DGP also said there are some incidents of terrorists threatening fruit dealers in south Kashmir against collecting fruits but police is aware about the situation and "our job is to facilitate the process and ensure that no one is able to harass them."

"There have been no reports of any fresh local recruitment among the militant ranks. Some youth had been misled in the past and in a fit of anger gone astray. We have been able to bring many of them back," Singh told reporters in Srinagar.

He said there are some reports of infiltration and that they recently saw two Pakistani terrorists apprehended by the Army in Gulmarg sector.

On September 4, the Army said Pakistan is pushing infiltrators into Kashmir to carry out terrorist activities and create disturbance while playing video clips showing two Pakistani nationals associated with the Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group – Mohammad Khalil and Mohammad Nazim of Rawalpindi – who were arrested in Gulmarg sector on August 21.

On the prevailing situation in the Valley, the police chief said, "Life is returning towards normalcy and people are going about their activities with school and offices open."

However, Singh said there were some incidents of terrorists threatening fruit dealers in south Kashmir, telling them not to collect fruit but people are doing it.

"Our job is to facilitate the process and we want to ensure that no one is able to harass people...We do not tell people what to do or what not to do," the DGP said.

He said even on Wednesday more than 230 truck loads of fruits were dispatched to markets outside the Valley from a particular south Kashmir district.

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