Mother persuades militant son to surrender

SRINAGAR: An emotional appeal from mother to his son, who joined Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), was persuaded to surrender in interior Sopore area late on Thursday night.

The Indian Army, on intelligence inputs, laid siege to a house where suspected militants were hiding.

According to senior Army officials, the troops came to know the identity of holed up militant as Umaq Khaliq Mir, alias ‘Sameer’, a resident of Thujjar in North Kashmir.

Army tried to convince the militant to surrender, but it proved futile. Army officials decided to request their parents, who stay 5 km away from that house, to persuade him to surrender. Mir’s mother readily agreed and came to the place. Army officials assured the mother that they would take a lenient view in case her son surrenders.

The mother was allowed to go inside the house to request her son to come out and surrender which eventually he did.

After a lot of persuasion, Mir emerged from the house and surrendered with one AK rifle, three magazines, three grenades and a radio set.

26-year old Mir from Thujjar has been missing since May and he is believed to have joined LeT. Army official said that they will make every effort to reform misguided youth to come back to the main stream and contribute for the development of the nation.

After his surrender, Mir has been handed over to local police.

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