Baramulla: Deputy inspector General of police (DIG) (north Kashmir range) Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that some people were misleading and motivating young boys towards the militancy in north Kashmir through social media and other channels. Describing it as matter of concern, he appealed to the parents of young boys and school teachers to keep a watch on their wards.
He said from past few weeks police have rescued score of youths including a class seven student who were motivated by someone towards the militancy. “We saved the lives with the help of their parents and after counseling we handed over them to their parents,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference at DIG office Baramulla, Kumar said police have been able to save scores of young boys with the help of their families who approached police and with joint efforts of family and police these boys were rescued. After counseling they were handed over to their families, he said. “Although we have been able to save many such boys but this dangerous trend can be stopped only with the help of conscientious citizens of the society,” he said.
He said that during counseling of these boys police have found that some unscrupulous elements taking advantage of the vulnerability of young age lure these kids with their ‘poisonous propaganda’ especially on social media. These elements having stakes in violent atmosphere run hundreds of fake facebook profiles being operated across the border. They apply the same modus operandi like ISIS with extremist interpretations of religion thus inciting the innocent boys to violence and consequently making them to join militancy. Many other people who make extremist speeches at various platforms especially in mosques are also actively involved in enticing these boys to militant ranks. This should be a huge concern for the society. Though police have been taking action against these elements but false propaganda unleashed through social media across border is adversely impacting young minds.
“We appeal to all right thinking people belonging to any school of thought or political ideology to come forward to help police in saving our boys from getting consumed in violence. There is a dire need of creating a conducive atmosphere through dialogue with these vulnerable youngsters and counsel them to refrain from taking these extreme steps,” Kumar said.
When asked how many local militants were active in north Kashmir, Kumar said the number of local militants was low.
SSP Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain, and SP operations Shafqat Hussain were present in the press conference.