Srinagar, Nov 17: District level footballer Majid Irshad Khan from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag who had recently joined militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, on Thursday evening surrendered before the Army’s 1 Rashtriya Rifles and the police.
Earlier in a day, dismissing the media reports about footballer’s surrender, Kashmir police chief Munir Khan said “the youth has neither been apprehended nor has he surrendered yet. But he has contacted his family and wants to come back”, news agency IANS reported.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “A mother’s love prevailed. Her impassioned appeal helped in getting Majid, an aspiring footballer, back home. Every time a youngster resorts to violence, it is his family which suffers the most.”
Former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said: “If that’s true (that Majid has surrendered), then it’s a very good development. Hope he can go back to leading a normal life and not be harassed.”
“He should certainly come back. Let’s hope he returns,” the police chief added.
The 20-year-old had left home in October and joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba, leaving his family and friends distraught.
Pictures of Khan holding an AK-47 rifle stormed into media after he announced joining militancy two weeks ago.
His ailing mother wrote an emotional message, urging him to rejoin the family also went viral.
Khan is a lone child of his parents and a commerce graduate.