Army entrance exam: In Srinagar, 800 Kashmiri youths appear for exam amid unrest

"It is a clear rejection of regressive bandh calls for choosing a brighter future," the official said.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: May 28, 2017 4:58 pm
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Defying the separatists’ bandh call, nearly 800 Kashmiri youths Sunday appeared in the Army’s common entrance exam in the Valley, which has been hit by fresh protests following the killing of Hizbul militant Sabzar Bhat. Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in many parts of the Valley to maintain law and order in the wake of violence sparked by Bhat’s killing and the two-day shutdown called by separatist conglomerate the Hurriyat Conference.

An Army official said 799 candidates appeared Sunday in the common entrance examination for selection of junior commissioned officers and other ranks held at Pattan and Srinagar.

“It is a clear rejection of regressive bandh calls for choosing a brighter future,” the official said. He said 16 of the 815 candidates, who had passed the physical and medicals tests held earlier, did not turn up for the written exam.

Several parts of the Kashmir Valley were on the boil after security forces inflicted heavy damage on militants, killing eight of them, including Bhat, who had succeeded Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani following his killing last July.

Violence erupted Saturday at more than 50 places in the Valley including in Srinagar and Tral as stone-pelting youths were out on streets attacking security forces. Wani’s killing had sparked a long spell of unrest in the Valley last year.

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  1. M
    May 29, 2017 at 6:04 am
    Mehbooba Mufti issued a statement recently, in effect saying, "Media gives the impression that the entire Kashmir is in turmoil. Out of hundreds of schools and colleges in the State, only in four or five, have the students come out pelting stones at the security forces." Yes, there is disaffection, but our Media, as always, MISLEADS us on crucial issues. There is a SILENT MAJORITY in Kashmir which WANTS to be part of India. They know the situation in PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Baluchistan, the restrictions that Pak. Army and the colonising West Punjabi settlers have clamped down on the people in those areas.
    1. C
      May 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm
      The youth of the country long for employment and a decent life and this applies to Kashmiris as well. One hope better sense will prevail among all and peace and normal life returns in J&K. The innocent people of the state should long for their future and well being than be misled by vested interests.
      1. V
        May 28, 2017 at 10:11 pm
        Very reassuring news
        1. A
          May 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm
          unemplo youth is the biggest problem anywhere ! it is easy to lure them to militancy by porki agencies ! best option for us is to do a massive recruitment of kashmiri youths in Army, BSF and CRPF and post them to North east,chattisgarh or Andamans or send them out on UN peace keeping mission in africa. That will solve the current problem in kashmir !
          1. M
            May 29, 2017 at 5:58 am
            Good one, Tony Bhai. From my standpoint, Antony, you should have done this when you were Defence Minister of India. You were seen standing around in your traditional Kerala Mundu, with a vacancy notice stuck on your face. You wore a smile only in the presence of the Queen-Empress and your fellow Catholic. Pity.... If you are a relation, show him my blog...thanks
          2. J
            May 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm
            after taking training in army all will join kashmir freedom struggle
            1. H
              May 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm
              After getting respect from 1.3 billion people they wouldn't like to go back.
              1. M
                May 29, 2017 at 6:16 am
                You can hope Stani cousin, in your simple brain such wishes can arise. But, whatever training an Army can give to a Sepoy is fairly basic. NCC in India imparts such training. After a few years of service, there is NO advantage in giving up Army Life and pension to join a lost cause. Anyone who joins the Indian Army, will also know its strength, No ? Even Nawaz Shariff had said that Kashmir cannot be won by force. India has more than enough resources to see off the jihadis. Of course, loss of life is to be regretted but Indians must defend themselves against Jihadis.
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