Cops counselling ‘stone pelting’ youth in J&K
Jammu Kashmir Police is leaving no stone unturned to assist the violence-racked state’s “misguided youth”.
A top police officer overseeing law and order in the “notorious” Downtown area, infamous for maximum stone-pelting in the city, said, “While we apprehended as many as 800 youth in the region alone, we also picked up kids ranging from 8 to 16 years of age. But since these were students, we roped in teachers for a handful of students.
“While some charged the cops many teachers volunteered to tutor the kids for free. These teachers would turn up at Thana’s to teach them lessons as we counselled and reformed them”, reports India Today.
Initiative to bring reformation
2 hours from Srinagar, DIG North Kashmir Nitish Kumar is working hard on a proposal to build a library. He tells Mail Today, “We are spending Rs 10 lakh to build a reading room in Baramulla, where youth can spend quality time. We will also issue books.” Sources say with lack of cafes, cinema halls even in towns like Baramulla, the youth may have an opportunity to read up on good books.
DIG South Kashmir Swayam Prakash Pani, who has seen the maximum number of encounters, followed by heavy shower of stone-pelting in this region in the past several months organised ‘Run for Fun’ in which 400 school children participated running along with senior cops. He said, “The response has been overwhelming by school children.” While police and many stone-pelting children may be at loggerheads quite literally, the response in hard-core terror hotbed is seen to be very encouraging”.
But the real work by cops is turning mentors, though they may not have any official training for the job.