General officer Commanding (GoC) 15 Corps, Lt Gen A K Bhatt on Monday said there was no “concrete evidence” that the missing youth Ehtisham Bilal Sofi has joined militant outfit ISIS. 

“Facts about his joining militant outfit are being ascertained,” he said on the sidelines of an event organised at the sector headquarters at Hyder Beig, Pattan.

While referring to the Sharda university incident in which Ehtisham and two other Kashmiri students were allegedly thrashed, Bhat said the Kashmiri students studying in different states of the country “should be taken care of and it should be ensure that such incidents don’t take place”. He appealed to the Kashmiri youths to join mainstream politics and play their role in the nation building. 

He said there is no such operation like ‘operation all out’ and reiterated that local militants can surrender even during the encounter and all doors are open for them.