14 boys prevented from joining militant ranks in Anantnag: Police

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Srinagar, Jul 20 : Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday claimed to have prevented 14 boys from joining militant ranks in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

“Anantnag Police conducted a counselling-cum-interaction session with delinquent youth so as to prevent them from falling prey to pro-militancy and anti-national propaganda. The youth were counselled and handed over to their parents at District Police Office Anantnag,” a police spokesman said in a statement .

Preliminary investigation revealed that 14 boys in the age group of (18-22) years were in constant touch with various local militants over social media and also being lured by militants based in Pakistan to get recruited in militant folds.

During the counselling session, SSP Anantnag Imtiyaz Hussain advised the parents to take proper care of their wards and keep a watch upon their activities, actions and behaviour.

He further said that parents should come forward and report any such activity of their wards so that they are mainstreamed through counselling by experts. The boys were properly counselled by Anantnag Police in presence of their parents and later handed over to their parents.

It’s pertinent to mention here that many counselling sessions were held by police officers for past many days with these vulnerable youth belonging to various areas of Anantnag district.

Meanwhile, people and their parents have expressed their gratitude to Anantnag Police for this kind gesture and thereby saving life of the youth.

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