Indian Army brought back 60 local youth of J&K to mainstream

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Jammu & Kashmir:The Indian Army has weaned away nearly 60 local youth of Jammu and Kashmir, who had been recruited by Pakistan-backed terror outfits, through a targeted programme undertaken over the past eight months, sources said here on Monday. The programme — `Operation Maa` — was launched by Chinar Corps (15 Corps) of the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir in February, soon after Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon was appointed its commander.

“The basic objective behind the programme is to ensure that youth indoctrinated into terrorism by Pakistan-backed terror groups are brought back into the fold of mainstream society.

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The programme has been designed to help rehabilitate only the local youth of the Valley who have chosen the path of terrorism,” a senior Army officer said. As per Army sources, as many as 50 youths have already been rehabilitated after being weaned away from terrorist groups. The process to rehabilitate 10 more youth is further underway.

Army officer said that local youth recruited by terror groups were contacted through their `mothers`. “Mothers are the central figure of any family. We appeal to the local youth recruited into terror groups through their mothers. They are convinced to consult the civil society, the police or the Army to help them return to the mainstream.

“Though the Army had been appealing to misguided youth in the Valley in the past too, the operation launched this year is specifically targeted through their `mothers`. Also, the new programme is further focused on convincing the youth that there will be no consequences pursuant to their abandoning of terror groups,” the officer added.