Anantnag: Top police and army officers put their heads together, here in Kulgam district, on Tuesday to take stock of the security situation and think of ways for its “betterment”, amid a steep rise in the number of youth picking up arms in south Kashmir.
The south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian are considered to be the breeding ground of the new wave of militancy that has arisen in the wake of popular Hizb commander’s killing in July 2016. According to official figures, in 2018 seventy-six percent of local youth who joined militant ranks in Kashmir come from these four districts. Shopian leads the chart with 21 recruits, Pulwama with 20, Kulgam with 16 and Anantnag with 12, this year.
Lt General AK Bhat, General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said that the officers met today to devise a strategy to tackle this trend.
“We met here to discuss and find ways of bringing down this new recruitment process,” Bhat told reporters after the meeting, when asked about the growing number of youth joining militant ranks.
Present at the meeting were Director General of Police SP Vaid, Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) SP Pani, and many other officers posted in south Kashmir.
Vaid told the media that the meeting was aimed at getting acquainted with the ground realities.
“Today’s meeting was aimed at talking to the officer on the ground and take stock of the ongoing situation. We wanted to assure whatever help was needed from the headquarters to make the situation better in Kashmir valley,” Vaid said.
The meeting was held at the Superintendent of Police’s office in Kulgam.
Asked about the repeated infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC), Vaid asked the GOC to answer. The GOC talked about how an ongoing infiltration bid was foiled and how the army was on the lookout for “terrorists” hiding in the area.