Srinagar: India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Tuesday arrived in the state on a two-day visit to assess the situation especially given reports of a spurt in recruits to militant ranks in the Valley.
Doval met Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Governor NN Vohra on Tuesday morning and it is believed security issues, especially the spurt in militancy related activities, were discussed during the meetings.
An official said the rising graph of local militants, waving of Pakistani and ISIS flags in the Valley is cause for worry and the government is taking it quite seriously. “We will devise a strategy to deradicalise the youth by taking pro-youth initiatives,” the official said. Reportedly, as many as 100 youths have joined militant ranks in the past one and a half year, which is worrying the security establishment.
PTI, quoting sources, said state security and intelligence officials are likely to brief Doval on ongoing operations against militants in the Valley before he returns to Delhi on Wednesday.
Pertinently, a group of local militants had recently circulated photographs and a video – probably while somewhere in south Kashmir — on social media, forcing security agencies to launch an investigation.