At a time of intensification in militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wants the J&K police not to kill local militants but bring them back home.
Speaking at the Police Commemoration Day Parade, Mufti said, “Those who have taken up arms or those who have not but are missing from their homes and want to join militancy, they are local boys. I request the police to try to bring them back to their homes.”
She urged the police not to “kill them in encounters” and help them integrate into the mainstream.
At the same time, Mufti called on the locals to not let their children act as shield.
“A 12-year-old child comes out to throw stones, does he know why he is throwing (stones)? There are some people behind them, some of whom we have identified and others too we will identify,” she said.
It should be noted here that over 12000 people, including security personnel, have been injured in violent clashes in Kashmir since the July 8 death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. More than 90 have been killed.
Terrorist attacks on security personnel became more frequent during the violent agitation.
Mufti said that an environment of peace is needed for talks. She said that pellet guns can be banned but the people should stop throwing stones, too.
“If we need a dialogue, we have to stop militancy,” Mufti said.