Srinagar, Aug 2: Urging parents, particularly mothers, to discourage their children from pelting stone on security forces, a top Army commander on Friday said that 83 per cent of the youth who become militants are involved in stone pelting.
Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army’s 15 Corps also reiterated his appeal asking local militants to shun the path of violence and join mainstream.
“I request all mothers to listen to this very carefully. Among all the youth who become militants in Kashmir valley, 83 per cent have had a record of stone pelting. If a youth pelts stones on security forces for Rs 500, then he is likely to become a militant tomorrow,” Lt Gen Dhillon, flanked by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh and ADG CRPF Zulfiqar Hasan, told reporters during a press conference here on Friday.
He said the Army has done an in depth survey of militancy in the valley. Giving data, he said 7 per cent youth are killed in 10 days of joining militant ranks while 9 per cent are eliminated in first one month. “36 per cent youth get killed in six months of joining while 64 per cent are eliminated in first one year,” he said.
Lt Gen Dhillon said family of a youth pelting stones on security forces if not stopped today could be a militant tomorrow. “The family of the youth should be clear that he will be eliminated in the first year of picking up the gun,” he added.
Meanwhile, the DGP and the ADG CRPF also appealed youth to shun militants and assured full support for their rehabilitation. (UNI)