A week after joining terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), 20-year-old Majid Khan, a budding footballer from Anantnag surrendered before security forces last night.
Majid walked into a security camp in south Kashmir on Sunday and surrendered with his arms and ammunition, officials said.
He gave himself up to the First Rashtriya Rifles and is currently under the custody of Victor Force in Awantipora.
Majid’s father said the family wanted him to come back and the police had told them that they would ensure his return.
A student at the Government Boy’s Degree College in Anantnag, Majid Khan also worked for an NGO.
A goalkeeper for his local football team in Anantnag, Majid is believed to have turned to militancy after a close friend was killed in an encounter.
According to reports, police was constantly in touch with his friends and family members, urging them to put pressure on Majid to return home.
The surrender follows appeals by his parents and Jammu and Kashmir Police. His parents had gone on television and social media to ask him to surrender.
ARMY CHIEF SPEAKS
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said last month that the Army was addressing the issue of radicalisation “with a lot of seriousness.”
He said the Army was “trying to ensure that people are being weaned away” from radicalisation, which he said occurred “mainly” because of social media.
Dineshwar Sharma, the government’s interlocutor in Kashmir, said his focus would be on preventing young people in the Valley from falling prey to false online propaganda.
“One needs to counter it (false online propaganda) and it is a full-time job. We have to provide answers to their queries and I hope that I will be able to do that,” he said.