Jammu: The state government has ‘disowned’ 268 former militants and their 601 family members for not taking the designated routes while returning to Kashmir Valley from Pakistan under the government’s Rehabilitation Policy.
“No monetary benefit under the policy will be extended to any such person as no prospective returnee has returned through the rotes identified under the policy,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Tuesday.
In a written reply to a question by BJP’s Chaman Lal Gupta, Abdullah, who is also Minister in-charge Home, told the Legislative Assembly that during last three years 268 ex-militants have returned along with their 455 children and 146 wives to the Valley from Pakistan via Nepal, which is not approved route under the Rehabilitation Policy.
Abdullah said that in 2011, 54 ex-militants returned to the Valley along with 16 wives and 47 children, in 2012, 150 ex-militants returned along with 90 wives and 281 children, and 61 ex-militants along with 39 wives and 125 children returned in 2013.
In 2014, three ex-militants along with one wife and two children have returned to the Valley under the policy so far, Abdullah said.
However, he said, no monetary benefit under the policy will be extended to any such person “as no prospective returnee has returned through the rotes identified under the policy.”
Instead, cases under relevant provisions of law have been registered against all these individuals, Abdullah said. He also said that there are reportedly, 4132 Kashmiri militants still in Pakistan.
The state government had in November 2010 notified the Rehabilitation Policy for the return of former militants who belong to Jammu and Kashmir and had crossed to Pakistan for arms training but were willing to return to the state and live normal life.
Under the policy, JCP Wagah-Attari, Salamabad, Chakan-da-Bagh Crossing on LoC and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi have been identified as routes for return of these individuals.
“However, none of such individuals have returned to the state via these approved routes,” said Abdullah.
Earlier on Saturday last, in reply to the Cut Motion for the grants to the Home Department, Abdullah had informed the House that up to January 31, 2014, 1171 applications have been received on behalf of the former militants who are willing to return to the Valley under the policy.
“Of these, 422 cases have been recommended by different intelligence agencies. While the cases of 12 prospective returnees have been recommended to the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, the cases of 382 prospective returnees are under active consideration in the Home Department for reference to the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs,” Abdullah had said.