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Police counseling ‘misguided’ Kashmiri youth: DGP Vaid

The police have achieved some success as well in the recent time as a group of children who had participated in a parade held on Pakistan''s independence day later took part in the R-Day parade this year in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
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Srinagar | Posted : Feb 17 2017 1:05AM | Updated: Feb 17 2017 12:37AM
Police counseling ‘misguided’ Kashmiri youth: DGP Vaid

As part of its efforts to bring teenage boys back into the national mainstream, Jammu and Kashmir police are counseling the "misguided" Kashmiri youth to prevent them from falling prey to anti-national propaganda.

"Going beyond its mandate of normal policing, J&K Police transforming hearts and minds by instilling national pride in the youth of Kashmir," Director General of Police S P Vaid said in a tweet.

The police have achieved some success as well in the recent time as a group of children who had participated in a parade held on Pakistan's independence day later took part in the R-Day parade this year in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Vaid also posted a video which showed the children, dressed in Pakistan's green-and-white and holding a Pakistani flag, marching past a life size hoarding of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani at Nagbal in Shopian on August 14 last year. In the second half of the video shows the same boys taking part in the R-Day parade, braving snowfall.

"We have identified the children vulnerable to inimical propaganda and started counseling them in small groups so that these kids do not fall prey to militancy," Vaid told PTI.

He said this programme has been launched in all 10 districts of the Valley and the results have been encouraging.

The police initiative comes against the backdrop of reports that nearly 100 youngsters, mostly teenagers or youth in their early 20s, have joined militant ranks in the aftermath of the violent protests in Kashmir last year. Protests broke out across Kashmir on July 9 last year, a day after Burhan was killed in Kokernag area of south Kashmir. More than 90 people were killed while thousands others were injured in the clashes between protestors and government forces in nearly five month long unrest after Burhan's killing.

Meanwhile, the DGP Dr S P Vaid, in a meeting at Police Headquarters (PHQ) in Jammu todaysaid that, betterment of serving personnel, besides rehabilitation of Police martyr’s families has been top on the Organization’s agenda and a beginning has already been made at PHQ to enhance their living and working standards, which include better accommodation, basic amenities, better equipment to enhance the quality of service and quick remedy of hardships. PTI/GKNN