J&K CM Mufti Asks Security Forces to Contact Local Militants’ Kin
The chief minister wants the families to be contacted so they can help bring the militants back into mainstream.
Mehbooba Mufti, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, has asked security agencies to contact the families of local militants in the state, to ask them for help in persuading them to give up arms.
A Unified Command meet, which was held to review the state’s security situation, saw the CM asking forces to ensure the militants’ families weren’t harassed, as Hindustan Times reported.
The security agencies were told to take the families of the militants in “confidence”, a move which Mufti believes could help local militants come back to the mainstream.
Senior security officials have intimated that presently, 20 local militants are operating in north Kashmir alone. In the south, 2016-17 saw a marked increase in the number of local militants with the number going over 100.
Offering incentives to them and their families was also discussed during the meeting, where senior bureaucrats, army officials, police and other security agencies were in attendance.
The CM was clear on the fact that the families of local recruits should be taken into confidence. The families can encourage their wards to return to the mainstream and if incentives are something which can speed up the process, the state government is willing to offer it as well.Senior Intelligence Official
An official also said that a “general policy” of not harassing families is followed as the security situation worsens in the Valley, which makes it even more important for forces to have a general standard to follow.
Violence and protests have rocked the Valley since the civilian killings occurred during the bypolls in Srinagar earlier in the month.
The “human shield” video, which circulated on social media showing a youth being tied to a vehicle and being paraded around by the Army, only worsened the situation.
Demonstrations by students and women against the alleged security clampdown on the students in south Kashmir has kept the situation volatile.
“Misuse of social media by anti-national elements” was also discussed in the meeting, who, they argued, were “spreading dissatisfaction against administration and security forces”.
Social media websites have been blocked in the state for a month, which could be the direct result of the meeting.
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