Radicalisation of Kashmiri youth has been going on despite all the assurance and steps by the Centre. There is no denying of the fact the process has been on and in recent times the case of an MBA graduate who was eliminated recently, joining the terror-list. Adding to the seriousness of the matter was Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat comment on de-radicalisation that camps are operating in the country as it had become necessary to isolate people who are completely radicalized. This has been a devated stand as far Gen Rawat was concerned. On Thursday in an address at the Raisina Dialogue, Gen Rawat, delving into the situation in Kashmir, said girls and boys as young as 10 and 12 years are being radicalised in the Valley which he described as a matter of concern.”These people can still be isolated from radicalisation in a gradual way. But there are people who have been completely radicalised. These people need to be taken out separately and possibly taken to some de-radicalisation camps,” he said. For the first time the CDS has been on record saying that Pakistan too is running de-radicalisation camps like us. Gen Rawat said containing radicalisation is key to effectively combat terrorism, adding radicalised young people were involved in pelting security forces with stones in Kashmir. Identifying radicalisation is a major challenge, he said, adding it can be countered with effective programme. The former Army chief said it was important to isolate people who have been radicalised. You have to segregate them… Then look at those who have been completely radicalised. First target them and then also start looking at the future, like what we have seen in Kashmir,” he said. This is just opposite of what he has been saying about radicalization of Kashmiri youth. On pelting of stones on security forces in Kashmir, Gen Rawat said the stones used were as lethal as pellet guns. The former Army chief also claimed people in Kashmir suffered pellet wounds on their faces and eyes when they tried to pick up stones from the ground. “The security forces were not aiming for the face. The humane face of former chief after becoming CDS has no doubt looks that there is some changes in the government’s stand as far as the neigbour exporting terror and enticing Kashmiri youth into its fold.
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