J&K Police Help Militants Gain Social Acceptance

J&K Police Help Militants Gain Social Acceptance

27 May 2012
Deccan Herald
Zulfikar Majid

Srinagar: To reintegrate released and surrendered militants in the mainstream, Jammu and Kashmir police have been taking number of initiatives so that such people are not exploited by anti-national elements in future. A one day workshop was organised at district police lines in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town where a team of counsellors, social workers and doctors from police drug de-addiction centre interacted with 150 released militants. According to a police spokesman, counsellors and doctors assessed the psycho-social needs of the “affected population” to draft a long term intervention plan. It is a part of militant rehabilitation policy. “In the meeting it was decided that the released militants will identify areas where they need police’s help,” he addedIn the last few months police held various interactive meetings with across the valley to discuss their rehabilitation. According to the rehabilitation policy, the released militants have been encouraged to make non-governmental organisations. Police sources told Deccan Herald that the rehabilitation policy, formulated last year after 2010 summer unrest, includes amnesty to former militants to improve their social acceptance. “The amnesty includes dispensing with the periodic attendance to police stations, police clearance in matters of getting contracts, passports, private employment, bank loans, withdrawal of cases involving minor offences and long pending cases to be finalised,” the source added. The amnesty will also cover families of these militants, source said. It has been recommended that spouse and children of these militants should not suffer due to adverse police verifications. Besides, it has also been recommended that psychological interactions and organised counselling of released militants will be organised to eradicate their radical thinking and fundamentalism. “Young released militants having left studies midway and desirous of restarting them will be assisted. Meritorious ones will be provided scholarships also,” a senior police officer said. They need to be successfully re-integrated in the society for economic, social and psychological reasons, he added.