The three men claim they had received terror training in Pakistan and were on their way to Jammu and Kashmir to surrender.
The J&K government has an amnesty and rehabilitation scheme for men who had crossed over to Pakistan. Since 2010, when the amnesty policy was announced to rehabilitate former militants, some 1000 families have applied for return, of which 300 arrived in the hope of a fresh beginning.
In March, a man named Liyaqat Shah was arrested in similar fashion from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. 45-year-old Shah had claimed he was a militant who was headed home to J&K to surrender. The Delhi Police, however, insisted that he had entered India via Nepal to execute a terror attack similar to the Mumbai's 26/11 attack to coincide with the festival of Holi. He was granted bail last month.