Anyone who picks up gun will be eliminated: Army

Days after the deadly attack in Pulwama in which 49 CRPF soldiers were killed, the army Tuesday issued a stern warning to the Kashmir militants, saying the youth wielding guns have only two choices - surrender or get killed.
Anyone who picks up gun will be eliminated: Army
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Days after the deadly attack in Pulwama in which 49 CRPF soldiers were killed, the army Tuesday issued a stern warning to the Kashmir militants, saying the youth wielding guns have only two choices – surrender or get killed.

General officer commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, lieutenant general KJS Dhillon warned at a press conference in Badami Bagh Cantonment here: "Anyone who has picked up gun will be eliminated."

"My request to the Kashmiri mothers is please tell your sons to come back. There is a good surrender policy for the youth who would shun gun," Dhillon said.

Flanked by IGP Kashmir, SP Pani, the GoC said the infiltration has of late gone down in Kashmir but militants are sneaking from LoC and international border in Jammu's Samba, Poonch and Hiranagar sectors. "The militants who manage to sneak in are killed in the hinterland. I reiterate that the local youth who pick up the gun will be killed."

IGP Kashmir said there was a significant dip in the militant recruitment. "The present statistics are the reflection of what we say. 

We haven't seen any major recruitment in the past three months. Families are playing a key role. I won't reveal the names of individuals who have returned with the active support of their families as there are security reasons."

"In many cases, we have seen an element of fear and force as factors responsible for many youth to pick up arms," Pani said. He said that the killing of top commanders of various outfits also helped to counter the recruitment. "By killing top commanders we sent a strong message across," he said.

The IGP said that in the year 2018, 252 militants were killed including top commanders.

On the reports of harassment of people on the highways, GoC Dhillon said, "No harassment or thrashing is taking place on the highways." "The only thing is that earlier civilian vehicles would move along with the convoys and there was no check on the movement of civilian vehicles. We are working on a plan where in there would be less trouble for the civilians during the convoy movement."

He said the reports of thrashing of drivers and commuters "is a propaganda."

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