1 militant killed, 3 arrested in ongoing Kund encounter

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Lashkar's Majid Khan surrenders in south Kashmir: police

Khan said that a search operation in Kund area was still on as there were intelligence reports about two militants there.

He said there is already a policy for those Kashmiris "who had crossed over to Pakistan and married there".

Jammu and Kashmir Police have asked local militants to surrender.

A top police source disclosed to Kashmir Observer that the government has been contemplating a third policy: For those who have joined the militancy only recently and who wish to return to their families and join the mainstream. "Anti-militancy operation Kund has been continuing since November 14".

Responding to a question, IGP said that operation at Waltengu Qazigund is still in progress.

Speaking about the local militancy, the IGP said Pakistan has been running a relentless campaign to lure Kashmiri youths to join militancy.

"They are returning under a rehabilitation policy and live a normal life here", he said.

Asserting that "not more than 17 local youth" have joined militant ranks in the past three months, Khan said, "No doubt that youth have joined ranks, but majority are school/college dropouts".

It is worth mentioning that the security forces had last month also arrested three terrorists at different places of North and South Kashmir.

Khan identified the arrested militants as Atta Mohammad Malik, Shams ul Viqar and Bilal Sheikh.

He said "religious exploitation" was another reason for youth to join militancy. "The 15-25 age group is immature and is unable to differentiate between good and evil". We are compiling our recommendations and suggestions and will send to the government shortly.

During the presser, Commandant of Anantnag-based 2 Sector of Indian Army, Brigadier Sachin Malik, and IG CRPF Zulfiqar Hassan joined Khan in saying that "there was great synergy between the three armed forces, due to which positive results were coming out". Army will calibrate on application of force during the encounters and post encounter situations.

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