Around 2500 Kashmiri youth participated in the recruitment drive conducted by Indian Army in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir against 111 vacancies on Tuesday. The huge turnout comes a week after of 40 CRPF jawans were martyred in a terror attack in Pulwama.
While speaking to ANI, one of the Army aspirants said: “By joining Army, we can serve the nation and also protect our families and take care of them as we hardly have any employment opportunities in the Valley.”
“We cannot go outside Kashmir. This is a great opportunity for us. We wish that more vacancies are offered to us. If Kashmiri personnel will be deployed in the sensitive areas then they can talk to the people and deal with the ongoing crisis,” another applicant said. This comes amid reports of harassment of students from the Valley in various states of India after the Pulwama terrorist attack.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, IGP Kashmir SP Pani said,“There is a significant dip in recruitment, we have not seen any recruitment in the last three months. The families are playing a huge role in this. We would like to urge the families and the community in curtailing recruitment.”
Amid tensions in the nation over the Pulwama attack, as many as 300 Kashmiri students studying in different states are returning to their home due to attacks and threats reports. Following this, the safety and security of the students from Jammu and Kashmir, studying in different states was reviewed by the Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai on Sunday.
IG CRPF Zulfiquar Hasan said addressing a press conference, “Our helpline-14411 has been helping Kashmiris across the country in wake of this attack. Lot of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for help all over the country.All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces.”
Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber rammed into a convoy while moving from Jammu to Srinagar in Lethpora area of South Kashmir Pulwama district on February 14 around 3:15 pm. Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed the responsibility of the attack.