Two youth prevented from joining militant ranks in Budgam: Police

Srinagar: Police on Tuesday claimed to have prevented two youth from joining militant ranks in the central Kashmir district of Budgam.

A police official said that acting on specific information, police prevented two youth (name withheld) from joining militant ranks in Budgam.

Giving details, he said both the teenagers had left their houses and went missing on March 14. “As soon as this information was received, police teams swung into action, and traced both the boys in Tral area of Awantipora,” he said.

He said both the boys are in their early teens and were instigated to join militant ranks by Pakistan based recruiting handlers through social media handles. “Later, after thorough counseling both the boys were handed over to their parents,” he said.

He said the families have hailed the efforts of the police and thanked them for the timely action. “The members of the society asserted that due to swift action by Budgam Police, the lives and future of the boys has been secured,” he added.

He said patents should take care of their wards and monitor their activities so that they don’t fall prey to anti-national elements.

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