Three youth prevented from joining militancy: Police

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday claimed to have prevented three youth from joining militant outfits in Tral town of Awantipora area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

A police spokesman in a statement said, “Awantipora Police received information that some youth of Tral area who had been influenced and motivated by a false narrative were about to join the militant ranks.”

“ Acting swiftly, Awantipora Police along with army prevented these youth from joining militant ranks. They have been identified as Illyas Amin Wani, Abrar Ahmad Reshi both residents of Mandoora Tral and Ubaid Ahmad Shah resident of Shaldraman Tral,” said the spokesman.

“The said youth were taken to PS Tral where they were properly counselled in presence of their family members and after which they were handed over to their respective parents,” he said.

He said that during the course of the investigation, it surfaced that the trio had come into contact with active militants with the help of two militant associates linked to proscribed outfit LeT and HM who were motivating youth to join the militant ranks,” he added.

“Both were arrested and have been identified as Rizwan Ahmad Wani and Rayees Ahmad Chopan both residents of Mandoora Tral. Besides motivating youth for joining the militant ranks, they were found to be involved in providing logistics, shelter and other kind of support to proscribed militant organisations operating in the areas of Panner, Mandoor, Chankitrar, Ratsuna Tral,” he further added.

“Case FIR number 52/2020 under relevant sections of law stands registered in Police Station Tral and further investigation into the matter has been initiated,” said the spokesman.

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