Four youth who had purportedly come to join militant ranks were arrested after their vehicle was intercepted in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said.
A source in the department said that the youth had travelled all the way from north Kashmir’s Kupwara to south Kashmir to join militancy.
The youth, he said, were travelling in an Alto car, before they were intercepted at Bijebehara and taken into custody.
“They probably had a contact waiting in Anantnag, who would have taken them to Shopian to join the militant ranks. However, after police received an input, their plain was foiled,” source said.
Despite government forces launching a massive crackdown on militancy, until recent announcement of unilateral ceasefire from Union government for the month of Ramazan, militancy especially in south Kashmir, according to police estimates, has seen an upsurge with over 80 youth joining militant ranks since January this year.
The police estimates show that 41 youth have joined militancy, after in a decade’s biggest anti militancy operation 13 militants including four civilians were killed in a single day on April 1 in three separate encounters in south Kashmir.
The maximum militant recruitments are taking place in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Kulgam districts, say police records.
The police records have analyzed that Anantnag district among five districts of south Kashmir has relatively low participation in militancy. (GK)