In a rare occurrence, a terrorist was cajoled into surrendering by the Army during a joint anti-terrorism operation in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday (October 17).
A dramatic video of the surrender, which has gone viral, shows a soldier in combat gear and holding an assault rifle, trying to negotiate with the terrorist, identified as Jagangir Bhat, in an orchard. As soon as the terrorist puts his hands up in the air, the soldier goads him to proceed, assuring him that no one will fire at him.
“Koi goli nahi chalaega (nobody will shoot),” the soldier tells his colleagues.
As soon as the terrorist sits on the boundary of the orchard, the soldier orders that he be given water to drink.
Another video released by the Army shows the militant’s father showing gratitude to the forces for saving his son from terrorists. The father was reportedly at the site when the army was negotiating with the militant.
“On October 13, it was reported that an SPO (special police officer) had decamped with two AK-47 (rifles). Same day, Jahangir Ah Bhat from Chadoora went missing. The family was trying to trace the individual. Today morning in a joint operation, the individual was cornered. As per protocol, the Indian Army made efforts to convince the individual to surrender. The individual surrendered,” the Army said in a statement.
“The father of the individual was at the site and the impact of the efforts to make the youth come back from terror was visible. Indian Army continues to make efforts to prevent terror recruitment and in case of youth joining terror, provide options to get back,” it added.