Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that four Kashmiri youths who had taken to militancy had shunned the “path of violence and returned to the mainstream in 2017”.
Mufti said this in a written reply to a question of BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa in the Legislative Council.
“Four misguided youths shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream. Efforts are being made to counsel the families of militants to convince their wards to give up violence,” she said.
The CM said that her government had taken a number of steps to contain “radicalisation and extremism” and had undertaken youth engagement activities such as cricket tournaments.
Mufti said youth clubs had been set up at the police station-level to train youth in information technology and indoor games.
She said surveillance on social media had been enhanced as the Internet plays a major role in the radicalisation of youth.