Police, army and CRPF reiterate ‘surrender policy’ for Kashmiri militants at joint presser

Srinagar: The Indian army, J&K police and para-military CRPF on Sunday reiterated their call for Kashmiri milutants to “surrender and join back mainstream”.

Addressing a joint presser at BB Cantonment here along with GoC Chinar Corps, IG CRPF and J&K police IG, J&K police DGP S P Vaid said, “we are here to welcome here. Local militants should return to mainstream.”

However, he added that anti-militancy operations will continue.

Indian army’s GoC 15 Corps, also known as Chinar Corps, General J S Sandhu said, “190 militants were killed this year in J&K of whom 80 were locals.”

On whether so-called “Islamic State” has any influence in Kashmir, IGP Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan said, “it is a matter of investigation.” He was responding to a question about raising of ISIS flags during the funeral of militant commander Mugees Ahmad who succumbed to injuries at Zakura on Friday evening.

The DGP Vaid also said that police offer to Pakistan is still open to take back the bodies of slain Pakistani militants.

Six Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) men were killed during a gun battle in Chandergaer Hajin on Saturday and police said that all of them belong to Pakistan.

“We are keeepong DNA samples of slain militants and the offer stands for a month,” Vaid said. “We will be going through proper channel including MHA and MEA.”