‘LeT motivating youth to join their ranks’

KL Report

SRINAGAR

From past few month many people mostly youth have reportedly joined the militant ranks in different districts of South Kashmir. Police sources told CNS that three youth from Pulwama while one from Shopian who had gone missing have joined the Pakistan based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

From past 15 days a 12th class student Tariq Ahmed Malik son of Muhammad Akbar is missing from his native village Chandgam Tahab in Pulwama district. “Initial investigation has revealed that Tariq might have joined the militant ranks. Various youth from South Kashmir went missing and after investigation it was proved that all of them have joined militant ranks,” a police official said.

Giving details, the police official said that four youth are actively participating in militancy related incidents after they went missing from their houses. “All the four youth namely  are active from past two month and are working for LeT,” he said adding that LeT is reportedly on recruiting drive in South Kashmir and for this purpose it is using all means to exploit more and more youth.

Another police official said that LeT is focusing mostly on the youth residing in South Kashmir’s Tral and Awantipora belt. “So many local militants are present in Tral town who are constantly in touch with their family members and friends mostly students. Militants keeping in touch with their civilian friends is a dangerous trend and this way militants are able to motivate them to join their ranks,” he said citing the recent example, how militants used their local friends to shift the dead body of one of their colleagues in an orchard, which was later on recovered by the police.

Police sources said that militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen is losing ground in South Kashmir while LeT has almost taken over there. “Most of the militants present in South Kashmir are affiliated with LeT and it is this outfit which is motivating more and more youth to join them,” a police official said.

Reports said that police is maintaining foolproof record of the missing persons in South Kashmir.

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