Numerous steps taken to wean away youth from militancy, intensify vigil on border: CM Mehbooba


Srinagar: Government on Thursday said it has taken numerous steps to wean away the local youth from militancy and to intensify the vigil and monitor the cross border “terrorism” in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while replying to a written question by a legislator, said government has taken numerous steps to wean away the local youth from anti national activities/militancy which inter-alia, include the organizing of cricket tournaments under Civic Action Programme (CAP) to engage with the youth.

She said that surveillance on social media has been enhanced as it plays a major role in “radicalization” of youth.

“The meetings of senior citizens at police station level are being organized to facilitate the counseling of the youth to ally their misgiving if any and motivate them for contributing to the development of the state,” she said.

Mehbooba said that youth clubs have been established at police station levels to facilitate them with information technology, indoor games etc. to keep youth away from the menace of “terrorism”.

While replying to written question by a legislator in the lower house of the assembly, the chief minister said a number of steps have been taken to eradicate/check cross border “terrorism” which include border fencing and its electrification, installation of night vision devices, heating sensing gadgets, tactical development of forces at border/LoC.

“The other measures which have been taken to prevent the cross border terrorism include the development of intelligence personnel to collect advance and target oriented inputs on filtration, foot patrolling, establishment of border police posts for generating local intelligence, regular patrolling along the border and laying of ambushes on suspected routes of infiltration.”

Besides these measures, Mehbooba said that border is being manned by security forces who are adequately equipped in terms of manpower and resources.

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