‘Switch off path of militancy or whosoever will contest army with weapon in his hand will be dealt hardheartedly’: GOC 15 Corps

Srinagar, Oct 26: General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps Lieutenant General BS Raju has warned militants that whosoever will contest army with weapon in his hand will be dealt hardheartedly

Raju who was talking to reporters on the sidelines of Yusmarg festival in central Kashmir’s Budgam district asked militants to “switch-off” the path of militancy or, “Otherwise whosoever will contest army with weapon in his hand will be dealt hardheartedly”.

The army officer however maintained that those who shun the path of militancy and violence will be facilitated to return to their homes.

GOC 15 Corps while continuing appealed local militants to say ‘good-bye’ to militancy and start a peaceful and dignified life.

“I appeal to youth who are ready to shun militancy to return to their homes as environment is favorable for them for starting a peaceful and dignified life”, he said.

On October 22, GOC Kilo Force Major General HS Sahi told media that Army has sent its recommendations to Government regarding surrender cum rehabilitation policy for the militants willing to switch-off the militancy and join the mainstream however there was no final draft ready yet. He had said that the policy will take time to get finalized but Army would continue to follow the existing one and will allow local militants to surrender and start a new life.

Terming bloodshed and destruction in Kashmir repercussion of militancy, the GOC 15 Corps BS Raju said that “militancy has devastated the entire Jammu and Kashmir”.

GOC asserted that situation in south Kashmir has started limping back to normalcy as economical activities have started to accelerate.

“Situation in southern parts of Kashmir including Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian districts are comprehensively normal. Economic activities have started to taken up. Fruit growers are busy in sending their crop outside markets. We hope our children will soon join schools if Covid-19 pandemic will not stay more here”, GOC has said.

To a query he asserted that overall situation in valley is peaceful.

“The overall situation in Kashmir valley is peaceful. Militancy related activities have declined as compare to past. Youth have started to concentrate on their future as many have shined in professional examinations recently which is really a good sign of the situation”, GOC said.

While reiterating the assertions of combating infiltration on LoC, the GOC said that this year army has been able to plug the infiltration to a large extent but maintained that ahead of snowfall and winters, the attempts may increase, but our forces are alert and maintaining tight vigil to frustrate the bids.

He said the Army is organizing Yusmarg festival every year aimed to provide a plate form to local youth to express their talent.

“We have recorded sound participation of people in the festival this year as compared to past. Several medical experts and NGOs participated in the event and alerted people about the drug menace”, he said. (KNS)

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