Srinagar: At least two more militants have abjured the path of violence and returned home in south Kashmir , Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dr S P Vaid said on Tuesday.
“Two more boys shunned the path of violence and returned home who went astray and joined the ranks of militants”, Tweeted Vaid.
The police chief welcomed these youths back home.
Reports said that the militants who returned their homes belonged to south Kashmir’s Hawoora and Sangam areas. However, their names were not revealed for security reasons.
The 17-year-old Majid Irshad Khan became the trend -setter as he was the first militant who returned home heeding to the appeal of his parents. His association with Lashkar-e-Toiba lasted only ten days.
Controversy followed him like a shadow the day he surrendered before the army after seeing his father in a hospital bed following a minor heart problem and an appeal of his mother on social media. The footballer turned militant surrendered before the army at Awantipora camp.
However, Police maintained that Majid has neither surrendered nor was he arrested. But he was presented before the media at Awantipora army camp. Likewise, when he went outside the state for continuing his studies, controversy followed him .While army claimed that it sent Majid for further studies but his parents did not buy the army version and claimed they have sent him outside for further studies.
In another twist to the controversy, a media report quoted his father, Irshad Khan, saying “Majid is still in detention with government forces”. He said that the family was yet to meet Majid but is ecstatic that his son will finally be home soon.”The good news is he is alive and healthy. He will be home soon”, a local daily quoted Khan having told it.
While Majid is not available for direct comment on the offer of coaching from former Indian football skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, media quoted his father having said that his son’s unflinching love for football might force him to accept the coaching offer from Bhutia.
“He loves the game too much, and I do not think he is going to turn down the offer,” Majid’s father told a local newspaper.
Bhutia had taken to Twitter to offer Majid coaching classes at his football academy. He expressed concern while sharing a news item regarding Majid’s short rendezvous with militancy and maintained that he has reached out to the president of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Football Association (JKFA). “I felt concerned reading this news and I have spoken to J&K Football Association President to reach out to him and convey my offer that he can train with BBF (Bhaichand Bhutia Football) Schools in Delhi, which will give him an opportunity to become a pro footballer,” Bhutia posted on Twitter, adding that he hoped Majid would accept his offer.
The BBF Schools is a chain of football academies run by the former captain. The official Twitter handle of the schools retweeted Bhutia’s message and posted, “We will love to have Majid train with us.” (Kashmir Wire).