With the arrest of four boys from Kupwara, police have arrested 54 youth and foiled their attempts to join militancy.
During the last few months 54 youth have been arrested from different districts of the Kashmir Zone, police sources said.
Out of these, 28 youth have been arrested in the districts of Baramulla, Kupwara, Sopore, Handwara and Bandipora of the North Kashmir Range.
Thirteen youth have been arrested in Central Kashmir Range Srinagar while equal number of youth have been arrested in district Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian,Awantipora and Kulgam of South Kashmir.
Kupwara police arrested four boys who were attempting to cross LOC. On 27 June police station Kupwara received information that four boys of village Gulgam had gone missing. Following the information, a general alert was sounded across the district and two teams were constituted to trace out them.
During search, one of the teams intercepted these boys near a nallah in dense forest close to the LOC and they shifted them to police station Kupwara. They were identified as Shahid Ahmad Pir son of Mohammad Amin, resident of Pir Mohalla Gulgam, Wahed Ahmad Gojri son of Mohammad Sultan, resident of Deldjan Gulgam, Zeeshan Ahmad Lone son Ghulam Rasool Lone resident of Tanwari Gulgam and Ubaid Ahmad Gojree son of Abdul Razaq resident of Tanwari Gulgam, police said.
In Kupwara three of the youth were handed over to their parents while one of them and his motivator were sent to juvenile home.
Though arms and ammunitions were recovered from many of the arrested youth, yet some of them were handed over back to their families after counseling.