J&K army officers interact
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SRINAGAR (Jammu and Kashmir): General Officer Commanding (GOC) Chinar Corps Lt Gen DP Pandey and Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar addressed 83 family members of active terrorists in Shopian on Tuesday and urged them to guide their wards back into society.
As per a statement from an official release, the GOC 15 Corps, while addressing the family members of active terrorists, reiterated that the security forces are committed to taking surrenders even during active operations. He added that all assistance will be provided to the misguided youth, in enabling them to surrender and the security forces will work with these youth, to address their concerns and assist them in joining the mainstream.
The GOC Chinar Corps also urged the families, especially the parents, to appeal to their wards to shun the path of violence and return home. He reaffirmed the security forces’ commitment, to maintaining peace in the Kashmir valley.
The interaction was intended to instil confidence and convey the intent of the security forces, amongst the families of active terrorists. Societal and family support can wean the men away from the path of violence and death.

GOC Chinar Corps Lt Gen DP Pandey, GOC Victor Force Maj Gen Rashim Bali and Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar address family members of active militants in Shopian on Tuesday. (Photo ANI)

It was the first outreach of its kind, top Army and police brass interacted with over 80 families of militants active in the Valley Tuesday, urging them “guide their wards back into society”.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, General Officer Commanding (GoC), 15 Corps, Lt Gen D P Pandey and GoC, Victor Force, Maj Gen Rashim Bali were among those who interacted with the families in south Kashmir’s Shopian.

“I requested the GoC Victor (Force) that I should have a one-on-one interaction so that I could request you to get your children out of this (militancy),” Lt Gen Pandey told the families. “Get them out silently. How will you do it, I don’t know. It depends on you. But during an operation, if some boy (gives up) his weapons, we will take the bullet, we will take the injury, we will take the casualty but (we will ) save your child. This is my promise to you. Rest, it is for you to decide.”

It was the first time that top police and Army officers directly interacted with family members of militants in south Kashmir, that has seen unabated violence in the last five years. Sources said the families that came were from south Kashmir districts such as Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag.

Lieutenant General DP Pandey speaking to media. (Photo/ANI)

In February, Maj Gen Bali had held a one-on-one interaction with youth in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, in another first of its kind initiative.

Speaking with the family members, Lt Gen Pandey said the forces would work with the youth who shun arms, “address their concerns and help them join the mainstream”.

In a release, the Defence spokesperson said, “The interaction was intended to instill confidence and convey the intent of the security forces amongst the families of active terrorists… Societal and family support can wean the men away from the path of violence and death. The security forces are focusing on the ‘terrorists without weapons’, who sustain and handle terror activities. The overall aim is (to) break the cycle of violence”.
The security forces are focusing on the ‘terrorists without weapons’, who sustain and handle terror activities. The overall aim is, to break the cycle of violence, read the release. (ANI)