ANANTNAG: Less than week after joining militant ranks a young man from southern Anantnag township, Majid Khan alias Majid Kachru, on Thursday laid down arms and decided to return home to lead a normal life.
Majid, a talented footballer and cricketer had announced his joining LeT earlier this week on social media. His picture brandishing AK-47 had gone viral on social networking sites. The news of his picking up arms came as a shock to his family, relatives and friends. Besides his shocked parents making fervent appeals to their son to return home, many of his friends took to social media and campaigned for his home coming. Though unconfirmed reports said that Majid, the lone son of his parents, moved by the passionate appeals of his mother through TV channels and video messages walked into an army camp in Kulgam district last night and surrendered. After his surrender at an army unit, sources said that Majid was handed over to Victor Force Awantipora.
However, army and police maintained that he neither surrendered nor was apprehended but decided to shun the path of violence on his own.
Addressing a joint presser at Victor force headquarters at Awantipora in Pulwama district, General Officer commanding (GOC), Victor Force, Major General B S Raju said that Majid “took a brave decision to shun violence on his own”.
“Yesterday was a very important day for us. In the evening we got information that this individual wants to come back and we ensured that he was brought in safely,” BS Raju told reporters.
GOC said that the young man Majid took a brave decision on his own keeping in mind the state of his parents and also to pursue his career in academics and sporting talent. “He deserves compliments for his decision. I assure you that he will be able to lead a normal life with his family. There will be no charges framed against him,” GOC told reporters.
Mehbooba, Omar reaction
Reacting over the returning of footballer Majid Khan of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district from the fold of militancy, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti termed it as a positive sign and said mother’s love finally prevailed. Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and wrote: “A mother’s love prevailed. Her impassioned appeal helped in getting Majid, an aspiring footballer back home. Every time a youngster resorts to violence, it is his family which suffers the most.” Former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said that he hoped Majid Khan could lead a normal life and “not be harassed”. “If that’s true then it’s a very good development. Hope he can go back to leading a normal life and not be harassed,” Abdullah tweeted while reacting on reported surrender of footballer-turned-militant.
Mehmood Shah’s reaction
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah has said a youth Majid Arshad Khan, who joined the militants over a week ago, was permitted to leave for his home on the request of his mother, since he was the only son in the family. “Lashkar-e-Taiba has never sought violence or barbarism,” a spokesperson of the outfit Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said in a statement to news agency GNS while quoting LeT chief. “The current development is evident to this claim,” he added.
He said the “freedom struggle of Kashmir is being brought up by the sacrifices of whole nation and if one mother calls upon his son to get back to her, we will respect her decision. But the world must witness the barbarism and violence imposed on the household of Majid Arshad Khan for the crime of standing up,” the LeT spokesperson said.