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CM for tying forces’ hands, asks police to bring home the militants !


CM for tying forces' hands, asks police to bring home the militants !

SRINAGAR: Try to bring back to their homes the “local boys” who have joined militancy instead of killing them in encounters, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti urged police today amid unrest triggered by the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in a gun-battle with forces in July.

She also appealed to the police and security forces to refrain from using weapons like pellet guns while dealing with protests and instead “tolerate” stone-pelting as a “sacrifice”.

The Chief Minister said while the police had exhibited patience during the last three months of unrest in the Valley, there were some mistakes which warrant action.

She also underlined that “black laws” like AFSPA would be repealed from the State only when the situation improves.

“We all have to work together, heal the wounds of the people here. The children here are the responsibility of God first, then our police because it is they who see them every day, everywhere,” she said.

“Those who have taken up arms or those who have not but are missing from their homes and want to join militancy, they are local boys. I request the police to try to bring them back to their homes. Instead of their being killed in encounters,” she added.

Mehbooba, who has dealt with the unrest triggered by Wani's killing on July 8 in a tough manner, told the police, “such youth (who have taken to the gun) need hand-holding… If it is possible to bring them back, make them a part of the mainstream. Give them bats, balls and good , instead of guns.”

Her remarks at the Police Commemoration Day function at Armed Police Complex in Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar came close on the heels of a fresh video surfacing which shows a group of local militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit displaying weapons.

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