A recruitment drive by the police in Kashmir on May 11, evoked an “overwhelming response”, with nearly 3,000 young men and women turning up for it, a spokesman of the force said. “The youth in Kashmir are showing an overwhelming response to the ongoing Jammu and Kashmir Police recruitment process,” the spokesman said.
“Today, the recruitment rallies were held in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and north Kashmir’s Bandipora district where hundreds of young men and women thronged the recruitment venues,” he added.
On the first day of the rally, 1674 candidates participated in Anantnag, while 1295 turned up in Bandipora, the spokesman said adding the recruitment rallies will continue in Bandipora tomorrow and for next three days in Anantnag. The significant turnout for police recruitment assumes significance as only today militants killed a young Kashmiri army officer in an apparent attempt to dissuade the locals from joining the forces.
“The candidates who qualified the physical test today will have to appear in the written examination for the final selection,” the spokesman said.
On May 10, the bullet-riddled body of an army officer was found in morning in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. The body was identified to be of an Army Lieutenant Umar Fayaz. Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz was in the Infantry and was posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu. He was commissioned in the Army in December last year.
Informing about his death, a police officer said, “the officer had been kidnapped by militants late on May 9 evening from Kulgam where he had gone to attend a family function.”