Their security will be our responsibility: GOC Victor Force
Anantnag: Victor Force General Officer Commanding (GOC) General BS Raju on Wednesday appealed to local militants to lay down arms and merge back into society, assuring them of every possible help from the army.
“Today, I want to put forth a message to the youth who have recently or earlier picked up guns and have taken the wrong path. I want to ask them to come back,” Raju said while addressing the media at the army’s Sector-1 camp in Khannabal.
Raju was speaking on the sidelines of a medical camp the army had organised for the local population.
“It will be our responsibility to take care of their security. We will make sure they remain safe,” Raju said.
Raju also appealed to the parents of militants, their teachers, the village elderly and other members of civil society to talk to the militants and ask them to shun violence.
“It’s the responsibility of the elderly to make sure their children do not take the wrong path. They should try and convince the militants to give up arms,” Raju said.
He maintained that there were around 110 militants active in the area, including 100 local boys and 10 foreign nationals.
Speaking about the medical camp, Raju said it was aimed at reinforcing relations between locals and the army.
He said the camp was also a mark of gratitude to the local people who came forward and helped yatris after they were caught in crossfire between militants and the army in Battengoo on June 10.
Eight yatris were killed, and 32 others were injured in the incident.
“How locals stood up in the hour of need and helped save the lives of yatris by donating blood on a purely humanitarian basis is exceptional. The camp is a mark of gratitude to the locals,” Raju said.