Police counsels ‘misguided’ Anantnag youth

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Srinagar: Police on Friday said that youths who had planned to join militant ranks were counselled in Anantnag.
“They were motivated by the inimical propaganda of anti-national elements and had planned to join militant ranks. They along with their parents/guardians were properly counselled by SSP Anantnag Altaf Ahmed Khan and SP Hqrs Anantnag Tahir Ashraf so that these youths do not fall prey to militancy,” a police spokesperson said.
On the occasion, SSP Anantnag said that as a part of its efforts to bring teenagers back into the mainstream, the police is counselling the “misguided” youth to prevent them from falling prey to anti-national propaganda and joining militancy, a spokesperson added.
SSP Anantnag said that JKP is going beyond its mandate of normal policing and is transforming hearts and minds by bringing them closer to the police working and by instilling national pride in the youth of the valley.
“Anantnag police has also achieved success as well in the recent time as a group of children who were motivated by anti-national elements to join the militant’s ranks were brought back in the mainstream,” Khan said.
SP Hqrs. Anantnag Tahir Ashraf added that they are working on building confidence among the youth and bridging the gap between Police and public.
A spokesperson said that JKP has appealed the parents to come forward and help their wards by way of giving them time and counselling them so that they may not be ‘misguided by the anti-national elements who are hell-bent to vitiate the peace in the valley.’