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Surrender, forces tell terrorists in a joint appeal

Major General BS Raju, general officer commanding (GOC) of Victor Force of the Army, appealed the parents of the terrorists to convince their wards to give up arms because violence leads to destruction.

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Surrender, forces tell terrorists in a joint appeal
Surrendered Hizb-ul terrorist Adil Hussain being presented at a joint news conference of Army and CRPF in Srinagar on Monday
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Hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Pakistan to stop sending terrorists to Jammu and Kashmir, J&K Police, Indian Army, and CRPF issued a joint appeal to the terrorists to surrender and promised to "receive them with open arms".

"We prefer that he (Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Adil Hussian Dar, who surrendered in a live encounter at Shopian on Sunday) join his parents again. That is why we allowed him to surrender. This will send a clear message to others who have been lured into all this... if they come, we will receive them with open arms. Not necessarily during the encounters, even now they can come and join the mainstream," said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of police, Kashmir Zone.

Khan said Adil, a local guy who had joined militancy around three months back, was firing during the course of encounter. "He could have been killed by the forces, there was no other way out. But we preferred to give him a chance to come to the mainstream," he said.

The officer said there is a clear cut surrender policy for those who give up arms. "Any terrorist whom we arrest or who surrenders, if he is not involved in heinous offences and if he is not involved in various crimes, we are supposed to rehabilitate him and help him join the mainstream. You must have seen the surrender policy. It's a document which normally is followed in such cases," he said.

Major General BS Raju, general officer commanding (GOC) of Victor Force of the Army, appealed the parents of the terrorists to convince their wards to give up arms because violence leads to destruction.

"My appeal to you all is: Please don't allow them to take path of violence because this has not taken the whole process in the valley anywhere. It only leads to destruction, miseries to the families and miseries to the communities at large," he said.

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