Rehabilitation Of MilitantsOfficial Panel Clears 300 Cases

Rehabilitation Of MilitantsOfficial Panel Clears 300 Cases

2 July 2013
Greater Kashmir
Umer Maqbool

Srinagar: A high powered panel on Tuesday recommended return of more than 300 youth who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) for arms training during the past two decades but want to return and “live dignified life”. Highly placed sources told Greater Kashmir that the panel headed by State Home Secretary Suresh Kumar besides comprising top officials of police and intelligence agencies today cleared more than 300 cases. “We have cleared many cases but I can’t divulge the exact number,” Suresh Kumar told Greater Kashmir. This newspaper had exclusively reported that the panel, whose scheduled meetings were cancelled on one pretext or other during the past few months, will meet on Tuesday. According to sources, nobody from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was present in the meeting but the Ministry had already given its nod for holding the meeting in absence of its representative. Pertinently, Joint Secretary (Kashmir) MHA is also one of the members of the panel. As per contours of the policy, all applications filed by relatives and parents of the youth are first scrutinized by the district police chiefs and then forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Department(CID) alongwith their comments. The CID in turn scrutinizes all the applications in consultation with central intelligence agencies, reviews the cases registered against the persons and prepares a dossier based on which recommendations are made. Later, the dossiers so prepared are being forwarded to the Home Department by CID where a final decision on whether the application should be accepted or otherwise would be taken by the panel. Till date, around 264 youth have returned to the State via Nepal under the policy. About 1100 applications have been received on behalf of the prospective returnees under the policy while as 3974 youth from Kashmir are still living in Pakistan Administered Kashmir.