Holed-up militant surrenders in Sopore after talks with father, villagers

This comes weeks after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called upon the police to try and bring back missing youths instead of killing them in encounters.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published:November 5, 2016 2:13 am

 

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THE JAMMU and Kashmir police on Thursday persuaded a militant to surrender after making him speak with his father and a few village elders of Tujjar village in Sopore. The police said he is a local youth, and was hiding in one villager’s house.

This comes weeks after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called upon the police to try and bring back missing youths instead of killing them in encounters. The police said Umar Khalid Mir, alias Sameer (24), had joined Lashkar-e-Toiba in May and crossed over to the LoC for training. He returned to the Valley last month. Police said an AK rifle, three magazines, a wireless set, two grenades, one pouch and matrix sheet was recovered.

“As we evacuated civilians, one villager told us that a militant, who is a local, was hiding in his house,” Sopore SP Harmeet Singh Mehta said. “I told the villager to ask the militant to come out and (assured) that he will not be harmed. The militant refused. I spoke to him over the phone, and he told me to call his father.’’

Mehta said that some village elders and the militant’s father reached there soon and went in. Soon, the militant came out and surrendered. “Everybody has a right to live. We gave the militant a chance which he accepted,” he said, adding that it took five hours for the police to pursuade Mir to surrender. He was subsequently arrested.

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    Harry
    Nov 5, 2016 at 10:40 am
    Looks like finally cool heads are prevailing, on both sides. Mehbooba Mufti seems to good leader. I hope Kashmiris give her chance to show her how she can bring development and prosperity.
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      Vasu
      Nov 5, 2016 at 8:34 pm
      This is a good move and I hope peace prevails in Kashmir where everyone gets to live peacefully get educated and look beyond petty politics and religious divisions being pla on them.
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        Shafted mohammed
        Nov 5, 2016 at 3:43 am
        Catch more terrorists alive and parade them in front of foriegn diplomats and prove stan is a terrorist state. Get in banned and have full international sanctions.
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          Vinod Vinayak
          Nov 5, 2016 at 4:27 am
          nice thought. let, India be the first nation to ban porkistan.
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