824 disappeared persons joined militancy: Govt

Srinagar, Oct 9: A day after putting the figure of disappeared persons in the State at around 2300, Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday said that 824 missing youth have reportedly joined milit...

Srinagar, Oct 9: A day after putting the figure of disappeared persons in the State at around 2300, Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday said that 824 missing youth have reportedly joined militancy.
In response to a question by legislator Ravinder Kumar Sharma seeking information about the number of missing youth, believed to have joined militant ranks, the Government informed the Legislative Council (LC) that 824 missing youth of different districts are reported to have joined militancy.
On Monday, Government had informed Legislative Assembly (LA) that 2305 persons were missing in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989 when the turmoil broke out in the State.
The Government also disclosed in LC today that 3084 youth from the State, who went for arms training, are reportedly in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).
The Government contradicted its own figures about the beneficiaries of rehabilitation policy formulated for the return of youth who had crossed over to Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) between 1989 to 2010 for arms training, but had not indulged in any militant activity and were ready to return, surrender and settle as normal citizens.
While on October 3 in LA , the figures about returnees was put at 117, the Council was however informed that 123 youth have returned from PaK and Pakistan via Nepal and other routes during last two years.
According to the information given in LA, 45 youth had returned with families, but today's reply doubles the number. It says that 90 youth have brought families along with them. The information also says that 1082 applications have been received by Government on behalf of the persons who intend to return under the rehabilitation policy.
"Out of these, 219 cases have been recommended for return," the details say, adding that rest of the applications are being scrutinized and verified.

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