Six boys between 12 and 13 years were caught just before they were to cross the border to get arms and weapons training in Pakistan as a measure to daunt their parents and teachers.
Hailing from village Palhalan in Baramullah district in Kashmir, some 30 km north of Srinagar, the six began their journey to Pakistan on Saturday.
With just Rs 200, the prize money they won in a cricket match, they travelled 30 km to reach Kupwara, where they stayed in a mosque.
They wanted to cross the border there. But the imam (priest) of the mosque became suspicious when one of the boys asked him how far Pakistan was. He told the police that the boys also wanted money because they had exhausted the Rs 200. He handed them over to the cops at the Kupwara police station.
“The teachers would beat us. We were fed up with life and decided to go to Pakistan. We won’t do this again,” a boy said when he was handed over to his parents on Tuesday.
The boys became rebellious because of the stress and trauma at school and parental pressure at home. That was when they thought to going to Pakistan to get arms training.
Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police Shakeel Beigh told Hindustan Times that all that the boys wanted to do was to “skip school and avoid the vagaries of life”.
“Teachers and parents have the responsibility to guide such children in the right direction so that children do not attempt such misadventures in future,” the police officer said.