As Jammu and Kashmir recovers from the spell of violent unrest, locals from the region gathered in large numbers on Friday to join security forces. News agency ANI reported that a large number of locals had turned up at the joint recruitment camp of the BSF, CRPF and SSB in Rajouri district of the state.
Speaking to ANI, one of the locals, Mohammad Akram, said, “We just wanted an opportunity to serve the country and thank security forces for holding this camp.”
The large turnout is surprising as there is considerable anger against the establishment over the deaths of Kashmiris killed in clashes with security forces. “I hope to join the BSF and make my country proud,” said another youth, Mohammad Khurshid.
Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed in parts of Valley ahead of the Friday prayers as authorities are apprehensive about the law and order problems that might come up. “Curfew has been imposed in five police station areas of downtown (interior city) and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in the uptown,” a police official told ANI. Separatists in the Valley have also organised protests with periods of relaxation on some days.
The Valley has fallen into an unending cycle of violence after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was neutralised by security forces on July 8. Following the encounter, clashes across the state killed over 80 people and has injured thousand others. The crisis has gathered international traction after India and Pakistan have been engaging in constant debates over Kashmir.