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- Indian Army In Kashmir Contact Tracing Helping Army Wean Youths Away From Terrorism
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DIG of South Kashmir Atul Goyal had told that this year about 80 local youths joined different terrorist organizations. (File photo)
- Lt Gen BS Raju said- Our special look at Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam districts
- The families of any local terrorists killed in the encounter are being traced and counseling
The army is taking the help of contact tracing to prevent youths from becoming terrorists in the Kashmir Valley. An army officer said that the family and friends of those killed in the encounter or local terrorists are first identified. They are then motivated not to take up arms in return through counseling.
Guidance of youth is necessary at the right time
The head of the Victor Force 15-Corps in Kashmir, Lieutenant General BS Raju, told that wandering youths can be prevented from taking wrong steps at the right time or under weak circumstances through proper guidance. He told the news agency that the force was looking at Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam districts. The army's focus is on breaking the chain of terror and I have followed it from the very beginning with my team.
Contact tracing of terrorists killed in an encounter
He said that the army reviewed the casualties and terrorists killed in the encounter in South Kashmir. After this, the officials started the process of contact tracing of any local terrorists killed in the encounter. The results were very good and many youths were barred from going towards terrorism.
He refused to divulge more information or the number of such people. He also declined to divulge the number of local people in the valley who had taken up arms this year. He said that number has no significance. Our goal is to counter the idea of taking up arms.
However, DIG of South Kashmir Atul Goyal had told that this year about 80 local youths joined different terrorist organizations.
Family and society also play an important role
General Raju said that there are many cases in which mother and family appealed to their loved ones to return home after leaving terror. The role of family and society also becomes very important to bring back the wandering youth. He said that when society is ready to adopt such people, it has a huge impact.
Anantnag's youth surrendered in 2016
General Raju is credited with the 20-year-old Majid Khan's famous surrender of Anantnag in 2016 as the head of Victor Force. Majid had joined Lashkar-e-Taiba. When his mother's appeal reached him, he returned. She was assured that her life would change and it did. He told that today he is studying outside Jammu and Kashmir and I cannot tell more than this.