http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/three-more-jammu-and-kashmir-youths-shun-militancy/article22353618.ece?homepage=true Srinagar, January 02, 2018 21:32 IST Updated: January 02, 2018 21:32 IST Three more youths shunned the path of militancy in Kashmir on Tuesday, according to the police. “Another three young boys in the Valley came back home in response to the call of their families. God bless them,” said Director General of Police, J&K, S.P. Vaid. A total of 10 armed militants have shunned the path of violence to return home in the past few months. “The return of youths is a big success for the people. It’s Pakistan that is creating trouble here,” said Mr. Vaid. Besides those giving up arms, according to the police, “67 youths were counselled against joining militancy in 2017.” The police attribute the change of heart among youths in militant ranks to recruit Majid Khan, 22, returning home in November last year. Pursuing a new strategy, the police have decided to hide the identities of those who return “to allow them to resume normal life without any media trial or hassles.” Security agencies in Kashmir are actively pursing a soft policy towards local militants by offering them a surrender option even during encounters. Last year, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti doubled the reward money for those who get militants to surrender.