2 youth held before joining militancy

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Dec 5: Police today busted a hideout in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district while 2 youth from Ganderbal were apprehended by police before joining the militancy.
“Baramulla police along with CRPF 53,176 Bn launched search operation and one hideout was busted,” police said.
Incriminating items that were recovered from the hideout include two UBGL grenades, one Chinese grenade, some medicines, one blanket & some documents.
Police said that a case FIR No. 53/ 20 US 4/5 Explosive Act has been registered in Police Station Chandoosa and further investigation started.
And security forces this evening launched an operation in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district following inputs about presence of militants in the area.
The operation was launched by Army’s 22 RR, SOG of J&K Police and CRPF who sealed Neharpora area of Sopore and conducted house to house searches. They installed search lights to prevent militants from fleeing the area.
The search operation was underway till late night.
Two youth from Ganderbal were apprehended by police today in Srinagar before joining the militancy and were handed over to parents after counselling.
Police said that based on credible input about joining of two youths militant ranks, Ganderbal Police on the basis of technical inputs immediately swung into action and apprehended both the youths of Wussan area of Ganderbal from downtown area of Srinagar.
Preliminary investigation revealed that both the persons had developed tendency to join (militant) ranks”, Police said.
They added that the arrested youths were properly counselled by Police, Psychiatrist and other experts and were later handed over to their parents with the advice to keep an eye on their daily activities.
“Many community members, their parents and relatives expressed their gratitude to District Police Ganderbal for the sympathetic act of saving the lives of these young boys,” police said.
SSP Ganderbal, Khalil Ahmad Poswal, said that “anti-national elements” operating across the border are preying on the gullible youth of Kashmir through various social media platforms and enticing them to joining militancy which needs to be curbed.
He further said that parents should come forward and report any such activity of their wards so that they are mainstreamed through concerted counselling by experts.