Dilbagh Singh. Image Courtesy: Millennium Post
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Monday said the idea of de-radicalisation camps for youth in Kashmir was a good sign.
"It will help us, especially those who have gone astray," the police chief said.
Speaking to the media in Srinagar, DGP Singh said such a step should be "welcomed" alleging that some of the youth in the region had been affected by the radicalisation being spread by Pakistan and its agencies.
"When we catch some people at our level, they don't seem to be talking much sense at times and, therefore, if a sensible arrangement is made, where good people from civil society and experts dealing with the subject and relevant aspects of the religion and other things are dealt, that kind of thing should be welcomed," the DGP said.
The police chief's support for de-radicalisation camps in Kashmir comes days after India's first Chief of Defence Staff, Bipin Rawat, claimed children as young as 10-12 were being radicalised in Kashmir and needed to be saved.
Rawat suggested the need for de-radicalisation camps at a conference on international affairs in New Delhi.
The comments made by the newly appointed CDS has raised concerns amongst the Opposition parties, with leaders such as CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury, terming his statement as “shocking”.
The plan for establishing de-radicalisation camps for Kashmiri youth was first suggested by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in 2017.