Three minor boys from south Kashmir have been apprehended in Kupwara on Thursday, police said.
Adding that they were in pursuit of crossing over to the Line of Control to PaK for arms training to join back militancy in Kashmir.
SSP Kupwara Yougal Manhas according to a communique said “following a specific information, police apprehended the trio, all in their teenage from hideout in Kupwara.”
He further said that the teenagers , all residents of Meej in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district had established contact with a militant commander posing himself as Tayab Farroqi operating from Pakistan and were on their way to cross the LoC via Kupwara to meet him and take ‘illegal training in handling of arms to join back terrorism in Kashmir’.
The trio has been identified as Furqan Sultan Khanday (16, a student of Class 10th ) son of Mohd Sultan Khanday , Furqan Nazir Khanday ( 16, a student of Class 10th ) son of Nazir Ahmad Khanday and Kamran Sajad Sheikh (16, a student of Class 10th ) son of Sajad Ahmad Sheikh , all residents of village Meej Pampore of district Pulwama.
On questioning, Police found that these youth from South Kashmir have been ‘radicalised and motivated by militant Tayab Farooqi operating from Pakistan through social media platforms who constantly fed them with radical Islamic literature.’
Assessing the circumstances and tender age of these young boys who were found to be highly motivated and radicalised to join the path of violence, Jammu and Kashmir Police in its endeavour to ensure peace and stability in Kashmir decided to counsel them to give them a chance to reform into responsible and peace abiding citizen. Relevantly , the parents of the youths were called and after threadbare discussion and counselling, the teenagers were handed over to them, reads the police statement.
Adding that expressing gratitude, the parents of the youth thanked Jammu and Kashmir Police in preventing their wards from joining the path of death and destruction and give a chance to them to live a free and peaceful life.