Srinagar: Police on Wednesday claimed that a militant who was recently seen at the funeral of slain militant commander, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat has surrendered.
Issuing a statement police said that a few days back video clips of an unidentified militant wearing battle pouch with a grenade, were in circulation on social media. These video clips were clicked in Tral, Awantipore by the local media-persons during the funeral of militant commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
During investigation, police said the militant was identified as Danish Ahmed S/O Faooq Ahmed R/O Kulangam, Handwara. Danish was a student of B.Sc (third year) at Doon P.G. College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Dehradun. Danish according to police was found involved in stone-pelting incidents at Handwara in 2016. He was picked up by the police but was let off after counselling in view of his career, police statement said.
According to police once it was learnt that Danish has joined militancy, Handwara police and 21 RR got into touch with his parents and impressed upon them to counsel their son for surrender. “His parents were convinced that if he surrenders, he would be dealt with fairly under law. Efforts made by security forces yielded results and Danish surrendered before Handwara police and 21 RR army,” police statement said.
On being questioned, police added Danish revealed that he was in touch with militants of south Kashmir region on social media sites; and it was on their instigation that he had decided to become a militant. He was tasked by Hizbul Mujahideen commanders to “activate” some local youth in North Kashmir and make the region as militancy infested as the southern part of Kashmir, police statement said. However, after spending a few days with the militants in South Kashmir, Danish according to police realized “the futility of joining militant ranks”.
Police said that case FIR No. 133/2017 u/s 7/25 Arms Act stands registered in Police Station Handwara and investigation is on. Police said that Danish is being considered under the J&K Surrendered Militants Rehabilitation Policy.