Holding a gun, making videos won’t make one a militant: Indian Army to Kashmiri youth

Lt Gen BS Raju (File photo)

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): While reaching out to the new militant recruits in Kashmir, the Indian Army today said that posing for a photograph with a gun and releasing a video won’t make one a militant and youth can still come back and join their families.

This was stated by Army’s Srinagar based 15 Corps General officer Commanding (GoC) Lieutenant General B S Raju at Corps headquarters, Badamibagh.

“I have a message for the newly recruited militants that posing for a photograph while holding a gun in hand and releasing a video won’t make you a militant. You can still come back and join your families. There has been progress in this direction recently and we are hopeful of more on this front,” GoC Raju told reporters on the occasion of Infantry Day.

He said that recently four cases of surrender by militants came to fore but there are many such cases. “We are ready to receive the gun-wielding youth back,” he said.

On his message for the youth of Kashmir, he said, “Situation has improved in Kashmir and youth should cash it. Young ones should focus on studies. Those who have completed their studies must work on finding opportunities in entrepreneurship, others should try for government jobs or start their own ventures.”

Speaking about Infantry Day, the GoC said that Infantry is an important name and soldiers from the Infantry Division have a potential to work with other agencies too like Air-force and Navy.

“Infantry is playing a great role in every battle. I want to put it on record that we are able to take up any kind of task,” he said.