UP ATS begins Ghar Wapsi campaign for misguided youth
The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has initiated a "ghar wapsi" campaign to de- radicalise "misguided" persons and 25 youth from various districts are being counselled after a tab was kept on their online activities.
The initiative comes after the ATS recently arrested four suspected terrorists from the ISIS Khorasan module and came across posts, likes and remarks of these youths on social media which showed that they were being radicalised.
The ATS has unveiled a 12-point strategy for the Ghar wapsi programme and also announced a helpline number for parents and families who suspect their children or people known to them are getting radicalised online.
Security forces have noticed that terror operatives are targeting youngsters between 15 and 25 years of age by inciting communal passions.
"The initiative aims at helping families in de-radicalising youngsters, who are often targeted by terror operatives who radicalise them online and use them in carrying out terror activities. We will lend support to such families as part of our de-radicalisation programme," an ATS official said.
Two control room numbers of ATS - 0522-2304588 and 9792103156 - have also been set up which people can contact for help and the families have been assured that the identities of such youths and their families will be kept a secret.
The IG ATS said police will take the help of not only clerics, parents, family members but also friends of such youths and make them understand religion in the right perspective.
The youth going for the de-radicalisation programme of ATS will be engaged in an interaction with police to gain their confidence and the process will be last over one year.