IGP appeals footballer-turned-militant,other local ultras to surrender


Srinagar, Accepting that more youth have joined militant ranks during past four months, a top police officer on Thursday appealed to footballer-turned-militant Majid Irshad Khan and other locals ultras to surrender and once again join the mainstream.
He said that militants, even during encounters, can come forward and surrender.
“We have time and again appealed to local militants to surrender. We will help them to rehabilitate and join mainstream. It is our sincere endeavor to ensure that these misguided youth shun violence and join their families” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muneer Khan, flanked by senior Army and CRPF officers, told a press conference.
Talking about the driving force behind youth joining militancy in Kashmir, he said a relentless social media campaign is being run by Pakistan to lure local youth. “Mostly the youth, who are college dropouts, except for the few, are lured into joining militancy. Other reason is religious exploitation. Youth are exploited into joining militancy,” he said.
The IGP said the age group which is targeted is 15 to 25 as this is the stage of life when people could be easily manipulated.
Asked whether sports persons joining militants is a cause of concern, Mr Khan said everyone is interested in other activity besides his or her profession so let them not highlight this. “Majid has become a militant and we are trying to bring him back to the mainstream. His family members are making an all out effort to bring him back and it is our job to second their efforts.”
He said it is not just about Majid, the authorities are committed to helping any misguided youth who want to surrender and live a normal life. “I’m not just talking about Majid, but all the youth who have joined militancy. We will make every possible effort to rehabilitate them.”
The IGP said the Government is very keen to develop a new surrender policy, which will e