3 youth prevented from joining militant ranks: Police

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Srinagar: Police said on Saturday that its “prompt action” prevented three youth from joining militant ranks even as it claimed to have arrested two militant associates in Awantipora of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
”Police received information that some youth of Tral area who had been influenced and motivated by a false narrative were about to join the (militant) ranks. Acting swiftly, Police along with security forces prevented these youth from joining (militant) ranks,” a police spokesman said.
They have been identified as Illyas Amin Waini, Abrar Ahmad Reshi, both residents of Mandoora Tral and Ubaid Ahmad Shah of Shaldraman Tral.
“The youth were taken to Police Station Tral where they were properly counselled in presence of their family members and after which they were handed over to their respective parents.”
During the course of investigation, the spokesman said, it surfaced that the trio had come into contact with active militants with the help of their two associates linked to LeT and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen who were motivating youth to join the ranks. “Both were arrested and have been identified as Rizwan Ahmad Wani and Rayees Ahmad Chopan of Mandoora Tral.”
Besides motivating youth for joining the militant ranks, they were found to be involved in providing logistics, shelter and other kind of support to militant organisations operating in the areas of Panner, Mandoor, Chankitrar, Ratsuna Tral.”
The spokesman said that a case FIR (52/2020) under relevant sections of law stands registered in Police Station Tral and further investigation into the matter has been initiated.

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