Suspected militant Danish Ahmed, seen at Sabzar Bhat's funeral, surrenders

Victory for Indian Army as top militant Danish Ahmed surrenders

Victory for Indian Army as top militant Danish Ahmed surrenders

A local Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who was photographed shouting slogans at the funeral of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in Rathsuna village of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district has surrendered before the security forces, police said today.

Danish Ahmed was last seen attending the funeral of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sabzar Bhat's funeral in Tral, Awantipora. He was a third-year B.Sc student at Doon PG College of Agriculture Science and Technology in Dehradun.

During his interrogation by Handwara police, Danish also revealed that local boys soon become disillusioned with the "gun" after joining militancy, but can't surrender out of fear of commanders and other militants operational in the Valley.

He added that most of the local boys become disillusioned by the "gun" after they join militancy but it is hard for them to surrender before the security forces due to threats from local militant commanders. A recent police report noted that the use of social networking sites by militants and locals remains a major challenge in Kashmir and that it had employed to aggravate the unrest in the Valley a year ago, after the killing of Hizbul militant commander Burhan Muzafar Wani. He was picked up by the police but was let off after counselling in view of his career, police statement said. "Investigation is on. Danish is being considered under the J&K Surrendered Militants Rehabilitation Policy", added the spokesman. The Army assured that he would be treated fairly after surrender. Danish also revealed that there was no scarcity of money being supplied from Pakistan.

Ahmed told police that he was in touch with terrorists of south Kashmir on social media, and it was at their instigation that he chose to become a militant. He surrendered before the Handwara police and the 21 Rashtriya Rifles Army. He also said that he had joined militancy at the instigation of terrorists.

Ahmed, say the police, was tasked by Hizbul Mujahideen commanders to galvanise young men in north Kashmir but he "realized the futility of joining militant ranks".

A case under the Arms Act has been registered in Handwara, and investigation is on.

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