Poor academic performance, relentless Pakistani social media campaigns and religious indoctrination are the primary reasons behind Kashmiri youth taking up militancy, a senior police officer told mediapersons in Srinagar on Thursday. "The 15-25 age group is immature and is unable to differentiate between good and evil", Khan said while talking about the driving force behind the locals joining militancy. Around 17 boys took up arms against the Indian government over the last four months, he added.
He said that one of the associate of the terrorists who surrendered, Bilal Sheikh was nabbed from the encounter site. "The government is very keen on an effective surrender policy for local militants, for which they have sought suggestions from us".
In a media briefing, IGP Kashmir zone, Munir Khan, said three militants have been arrested so far during an ongoing operation in the forest area of Haalan-Kund area of Qazigund, in south Kashmir's Kulgam district. "A militant and an army man were killed on the first day of the operation".
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Divulging details about the Kund gunfight that has been going on for last few days, IGP said that they have arrested three militants including an injured militant.
"We can't present Atta Mohammad Malik as he is in hospital", Khan said.