Excerpts from Army, Police and CRPF press conference

General Officer Commanding of Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt General K J S Dhillon conducted a press conference along with IG Kashmir S P Pani and IG CRPF Zulfiqar Hasan. 

According to Lt. General, radicalisation of the youth was a concern but efforts directed at reversing the trend had started. “Inimical elements are involved in the radicalisation of youth of Kashmir but the efforts of government security forces and opinion makers have helped reduce it. I would say it is a work in progress and we will continue our efforts and attempts in a collective manner,” he said. Giving a message to parents whose children had picked up the gun, he said the government had initiated a “very good surrender policy” so their children could join the mainstream.  he also said that the local recruitment had come down in recent months.

“I would like to tell the parents of Kashmiri youth, especially the mothers… to request their sons, who have joined terrorism, to surrender and return to the mainstream. Anyone who has picked the gun in Kashmir will be eliminated, unless he surrenders. This is a message and request to all of them,” he added.  

Elaborating the point , IG Pani said there was a significant dip in the recruitment of local youth in militant ranks due to the elimination of top commanders. “There has not been much of it in the past three months. There are families who have played a key role and made a lot of effort to bring their sons back. Families and the community have an important role to play in this,” Pani said.

About Kashmiris across the country

Zulfiqar Hasan, IG, The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said, “Our helpline- 14411 has been helping Kashmiri across the country in wake of this attack. Lots of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for help all over the country. All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces.”