Srinagar, Mar 3 : The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed to have prevented six youths, including five minors, from joining militant ranks in central Kashmir district of Budgam. ''Six boys from Magam and Narbal in Budgam were planning to join militant groups after coming under the influence of fake narratives and indoctrination,” a police officer told UNI. He said as soon as the information was received, police teams swung into action and took family members of the boys on board.
''Timely intervention by police stopped these boys from joining militancy,'' he said. He said these boys were later handed over to their families after proper counselling. Police have come down heavily on militants and Over Ground Workers (OGWs) since January this year in the valley.
As many as 25 militants have been killed in different operations while over 50 OGWs have been arrested in the last two months. J&K Police chief Dilbag Singh last month said that the number of youth joining militant ranks has decreased significantly while militant activities have also witnessed a considerable dip during the last couple of months in the valley. (UNI)