Srinagar, Jul 17 (PTI) Timely intervention of the Jammu and Kashmir Police saved eight minor boys from joining militant groups and reunited them with their families in the past one month in Kupwara District, an official spokesman said today.

Four minor boys of Gulgam village were rescued and their plans to join militants were foiled by a police party deputed for the purpose near the Line of Control, he said They, after proper counseling at the Kupwara Police Station, were handed over to their parents, the spokesman said.

Timely intervention of the police last week prevented four more youths from joining militant groups, he said.

Police teams were sent to different locations after receiving information that they had fled from their homes, the spokesman said.

“The parents of the boys and their relatives played a positive role by providing timely information, giving their contact numbers and other details,” he said.

The spokesman said two boys from Shatmuqam Lolab were intercepted at Pulwama when they were heading towards Tral.

The others hailing from Bumhama were intercepted at Vodhpora area. They were planning to move towards Shopian area, he said.

During investigation, all the boys confessed that they were going to join a militant group as they were being reprimanded by their parents for various reasons, including poor academic performance, and that they were fed-up with their poverty stricken lifestyle, he said.

All the rescued boys have been properly counseled and motivated for their re-union with their families, the spokesman said.

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