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Kashmiri youth shuns violence, returns home

Kashmiri youth shuns violence, returns home

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir): A youth from Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, who had earlier joined militancy, has shunned the path of violence and returned home, police said on Tuesday.

“One more youth from Pulwama with the efforts of community members and Police has shunned the path of violence and returned to the mainstream,” Jammu and Kashmir police wrote on its Twitter page.

Police have not disclosed the identity of the youth saying “the identity stands protected”.

In order to encourage more such youths to join the mainstream, the state government last year had formulated a surrender policy to “get positive results in the near future.”

Under the previous programme, which came into effect in 2004 and was amended in 2010, more than 600 militants had surrendered between 2004 and 2015. Nearly Rs. 10 crore had been spent on them during the same period, according to local media reports.

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