Police Looking To Rehabilitate, Restore Dignity Of Ex-militants

Police Looking To Rehabilitate, Restore Dignity Of Ex-militants

5 February 2012
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Police has decided to form non-governmental organizations at district level to look after the rehabilitation and “restore the dignity” of former militants in the valley. According to sources, the police department feels that rehabilitation of thousands of former militants is necessary “since they have been ostracized lot in the society and their activities had a direct bearing on the maintenance of law and order of the state”. “The working drafts of the NGOs have already been sent to the Range DIG and district SPs and SSPs of Kashmir Zone for information and necessary action to be taken in this regard,” sources said. They further said that police was of the view that in the present circumstances, released militants were the most important social group whose activities have direct bearing in maintenance of law and order. “So police thinks that this group needs to be taken care by engaging them at the district level so that their alienation and social rejection are brought down to a manageable level and they are able to contribute in the development of their own self and the society,” sources said. Recently, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, S M Sahai interacted with a select group of former militants at Baramulla during which he advised district SSP to attend to their grievances and try to help them to manage their livelihood by way of private employment, contracts or provide services by adopting a more objective approach regarding their verifications. On the occasion, he also said that the government will shortly be issuing written instructions for giving No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to the relatives of the released militants. Sahai confirmed that police would be constituting NGOs in order to rehabilitate former militants. “Forming NGOs is one the method to rehabilitate former militants,” the IGP said. He said that police was working on a two-pronged policy to bring the former militants into mainstream. “One is the idea of restoration of respect of former militants. They are being ostracized by the society,” Sahai said. “Another is the removal of impediments coming in the way of their progress.”