Twenty youths join mainstream again, J-K DGP appeal others to shun violence

Reiterating his appeal to youth who have gone astray to return to mainstream, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Thursday said 20 youths who had joined militancy shunned the violence and joined their families again.

‘We appeal to youth who have taken the path of violence to come back and lead a normal and honourable life’, Mr Singh told reporters here this afternoon.

He said we even allowed some militants to surrender during the encounters and they are leading a normal life now with their families.

Mr Singh said, ‘We will help the youths who shun the militancy.’

The police chief said security agencies, including police, are making all efforts to see the youths who have taken up arms return back to mainstream. However, those who will not shun the path of violence will be dealt with, he said.

He said due to the hectic efforts by police and other agencies besides parents, 20 youth, who had joined militancy, have returned to mainstream. However, their details will not be divulged keeping in view their safety and security, he said.

If a youth goes astray it not only affects his family but entire society.