Giving opportunity to surrender and give up gun: Army Chief

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SRINAGAR, : Army Chief, Bipin Rawat on Monday said it is not worth joining militancy because you will not live long. He said, “We are giving you an opportunity to surrender and give up guns. If people do not behave and continue with the violence, the only element left is to neutralise them”.

The Army Chief said that the Centre has appointed an interlocutor, who is talking to all parties concerned. While maintaining that the Centre’s interlocuto0r is open to holding talks with anyone who wants to speak to him, nothing can be done if the Kashmiri separatists don’t come to the negotiation table.

”Interlocutor is talking to people. He is open to anybody who wants to speak to him. We’re doing indirect talks, if they (separatists) don’t want to talk, what can we do?” Gen Rawat said.

”The head of the state isn’t going to talk to the militants; it’s not going to happen,” Army Chief Bipin Rawat added.

“It is not worth joining militancy because you will not live long. We are giving you an opportunity to surrender and give up guns. If people do not behave and continue the violence, the only element left is to neutralise them,” the Army Chief said on Monday.  He was addressing reporters at an event at Mamun military station in Punjab.ptk

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