Srinagar, Nov 4: It was an appeal by his mother that led him to surrender himself before the army.
Umat Khaliq who had joined the Lashkar-e-Tayiba surrendered before the army after his mother pleaded with him to do so.
Following a report from the intelligence bureau, the army tracked down the location at which Khaliq was hiding. His location was tracked to an interior area in Sopore. The army persuaded him to surrender himself, but he refused to do so.
This is when the army decided to take the help of his mother who was living five kilometres away from the spot at which her son was hiding.
The mother did not need convincing. She agreed to help the army provided that they dealt with her son in a lenient manner. On reaching the spot, she pleaded with her son to come out of hiding and surrender to the police. He did require some more coaxing and this is when the army also decided to bring in his father.
The entire exercise went on for at least two hours before Khaliq finally agreed to surrender. The area had been cordoned off to ensure that nothing untoward took place.