Srinagar, October 18: The recruitment of local youth in terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is a major concern for the Indian Army. So far this year, 131 youth have adopted the path of terrorism in the valley. Last year 117 youths were involved in terrorism. General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps Lieutenant General B.R. s. Raju said, “The recruitment of local youth is a big concern in Terrorist. I cannot just raise my finger on one reason why recruitment is happening. But I do not see any big pattern in it.” “There are a large number of factors that play a role in this. We will try our part to ensure that we do not cause anyone to cross the line,” he said.
Raju said, “This is a complex issue. It is definitely on our radar and it will be an important line of action to stop recruitment.” Out of total 131 local youth involved in terrorism, 24 are from North Kashmir and 107 from South Kashmir. In North Kashmir, 18 youth joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba, one Hizbul Mujahideen, four Jaish-e-Mohammad and one Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK). Apart from this, 18 youth in South Kashmir joined Lashkar-e-Taiba, 57 joined Hizbul Mujahideen, 14 in Jaish-e-Mohammed, two in Ansar Gajawat-ul-Hind and 16 in Al Badr.
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Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is resorting to terrorist organization Al Badr to carry out new terrorist attacks in Kashmir. Intelligence agencies have said that Al Badr chief Bakht Bhumi claimed during a rally in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in June this year that the organization would soon emerge as the voice of Kashmir. It was also found that out of 131 youth admitted in terrorism, 102 youth are in the age group of 16 to 25 years, while 29 youth are above 25 years.
Out of a total of 131 youth who took the path of terror, 62 were piled up during various Indian Army operations, 14 were arrested and two surrendered. A total of 52 of these are still active. Lieutenant General B. s. Raju said that to prevent the youth from taking up arms, the Indian Army has also started a big program. He said, “We engage with the elderly, women, girls, boys, students and maulvi (religious preachers). Each person is addressed in a different way.”
He said that the amount of enthusiasm among the people to participate in the program gives them a lot of hope. “There is a place in Anantnag, where girls played kabaddi,” the official said. Raju said that the youth are waiting for an opportunity to participate. He said, “You gave them a chance, they will grab it immediately.” He also said that there is a lack of facilities for entertainment in the valley. He said, “Saudi Arabia has movie halls (movie theaters), Pakistan has movie halls, but Jammu and Kashmir does not have movie halls.” The officer said, “I do not understand this irony.” In the 1990s, most cinema halls in Kashmir were closed due to decrees issued by terrorist groups.