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Now dial helpline number 14411, if you are a Kashmiri militant willing to surrender
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), one of the main central agencies involved in counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley has made a new beginning for bringing Kashmiri militants into the mainstream.

On Monday, CRPF Inspector General Zulfiqar Hasan told The Hindu that CRPF had set up helpline number 14411 for local militants of the Valley who are willing to surrender.

Hasan, IG Operations in Srinagar, said that the helpline number which had been set up earlier this year, had already received 70,000 calls. "Since it is an established helpline, we decided that it should be used to help the local militants return home. We will guide them," he said.

According to Hasan, although foreign militants operating in the Valley will not be spared, the helpline was an effort by the security forces to help pull out local boys from the clutches of terror groups.

Hasan said, "We are going to use the return of footballer Majeed Khan as an example to persuade other boys who have joined terror groups." Majeed Khan, who had joined terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), returned back home after a video clip of an appeal from his mother went viral over the internet.

While informing that the Centre had significantly increased the civic action programme budget of the CRPF this year, Hasan said, "We are focussing on sports and are in touch with schools and colleges to organise tournaments. We have used the budget to construct basketball courts in some schools."

The officer informed that as per J&K police, at least 60 local boys had been rescued from militant groups. "Following Majeed's case, two more families have also appealed for their sons to return," he said.

According to Home Ministry sources, at least 200 militants are active in the Valley at present. SP Vaid, J&K DGP has said that 190 terrorists have been killed this year, out of which 66 were local boys.

Reportedly, under the new surrender policy, the state is also considering providing "passports and jobs to local youth who give up the gun".

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