Dial 1441 to Surrender, CRPF Tells Kashmiri Youth Wanting to Return to Mainstream
Srinagar, Nov 22: After the surrender of footballer Majid Khan, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have intensified their efforts to bring back those who have joined terror group to the mainstream. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) asked Kashmiri youth to contact on helpline called ‘Madadgar’ and dial 1441 to surrender. The helpline number can also be used by the families, friends or well-wishers of such youth, who are willing to surrender before the security forces in the Kashmir Valley.
The CRPF launched the helpline Madadgar in June this year to help Kashmiri youth in distress. The paramilitary force has now decided to expand the role of the helpline. The same helpline will be used to help those who joined militant groups and want to give up arms in the Valley. The helpline works 24X7 and is manned by trained CRPF personnel. It has received over 70,000 calls on this helpline since it was launched.
“The helpline will now also help the youth who have joined militant ranks or their families, friends or any well-wisher to seek help to surrender. We will guide them. They do not know how to go about it and we will help them in understanding and undertaking the initiative,” CRPF Inspector General (Operations) in the Kashmir Valley Zulfiquar Hasan told news agency PTI.
On November 17, Majid Khan, a second-year college student who had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit, returned to his family on November 17 after an appeal from his mother. On Monday, another youth who had joined the militant ranks gave up weapons and has returned to his family. Security forces have said no charges would be pressed against youths who have strayed and have committed no crime.
Meanwhile, the central government asked Jammu and Kashmir government to drop over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time in a bid to win hearts in the Kashmir Valley.