Kashmiris sign up for police after protests

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  1. ejazr

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    Kashmiris sign up for police after protests

    SRINAGAR, India — Hundreds of young men Wednesday braved freezing temperatures in Indian Kashmir to attend a police recruitment rally aimed at attracting disaffected young people involved in protests last year.

    The restive Muslim-majority region was rocked by violent demonstrations against Indian rule over the summer months that left an estimated 114 people dead, mostly in firing by police and paramilitary forces.

    New Delhi has since promised to address local grievances and sent a fact-finding mission to the Himalayan region, where unemployment is high and many remain bitter over the handling of the protests by the authorities.

    Some young people admitted to having participated in the protests, while others said they simply saw a police job as a promising career in a violence-wracked region that depends on tourism.

    The inspector general of police in Kashmir, S.M. Sahai, said that the protesters, known as "stone-pelters" in India due to their favoured technique for attacking the police, were welcome to join the ranks.

    "We find it (stone-pelting) repeatedly happening. We should understand that young people are always inclined to be anti-establishment. We cannot hold it against them," he said.

    "So if they are not seriously involved in any criminal activity, they are most welcome," the senior police officer said.

    Many of the applicants covered their faces for fear of reprisals.

    Insurgents fighting Indian rule in Kashmir have targeted police and government officials for more than 20 years. A total of 47,000 people have died in the violence, according to official figures.

    "A job in the police is a lucrative one," one youth Fayaz Ahmad, who had covered his face, told AFP.

    "Kashmir is a political issue and needs a political solution," he said, admitting that he was part of the protests in the past. "But you have to do something for a living and a police job is the best available opportunity."
     
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    Kashmir Valley youth drop stones; queue up for jobs

    By Ishfaq-ul-Hassan


    Valley youths snubbed separatists on Wednesday when thousands turned up for a police recruitment rally in the heart of old Srinagar.

    Braving bone-chilling cold, the youths lined up at a CRPF camp in a local hotel in Khanyar where vacancies for few hundred police constables were being filled up.

    Taking a break from the past, there were no sloganeering, no pent-up emotions and no cry for azadi. The only thing palpable was the passion for becoming a proud cop.

    “There are many stone-throwers in the queue who want to become policemen. Unemployment is the biggest factor which drives people to stone pelting. When people have a job and an honourable income at hand, they will not resort to such activities,” said Adil Ahmad (name changed), a job seeker.

    “It is the police’s policy to recruit people from areas where we feel the representation in the forces is not on a desired level,” said Shiv Murari Sahai, inspector general of police, Kashmir range.

    Khanyar has been at the forefront of the summer protest with separatist sentiment running high among the local population. But Wednesday’s employment rally was the priority for the people. “My father has passed away and I have two unmarried sisters. I want this job and I do not care about the agitation,” said Zahoor Ahmad (name changed), another aspirant.

    The police had to close the exit and entry points of the venue to control the crowd and avoid a stampede. People from other areas too had turned up for the rally but they were asked to return as the camp was strictly meant for people from the Khanyar constituency.

    J&K law and parliamentary affairs minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, who represents Khanyar assembly constituency, said the government has announced employment for one lakh educated youth.
     
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  4. Indianrabbit

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    I am confused, are the Kashmir boys sentiment driven? The move is in right direction.
     
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    ab aa gaye na line pe..
    this is what kashmiri youth should think about..getting independence will only increase their problems..be with india happily or get used as a toy by china and pakistan.
     
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    ab aa gaye na line pe..
    this is what kashmiri youth should think about..getting independence will only increase their problems..be with india happily or get used as a toy by china and pakistan.
     
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    Good move by the GoI. Law & order in Kashmir will improve significantly if more and more Kashmiris are bought into the mainstream administration of J&K.
     
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    Good move by the Government.. Now they should start some public sector factories in the outskirts and mass employ the youth.

    Helps in diverting the protests and helps in nation building.

    Every little step , helps.
     
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    You don't get it; the papers especially separatist/terrorist propaganda and Pakistani papers make it sound like the entire valley is shouting for independence. The bloody jihad-mentality losers are not even 1,00,000 in total quantity and if cameras take pictures, even a few 100s in one place can look like millions. Kashmir's rest of MAJORITY population is fed up of economic chaos. Shopkeepers cannot open up shops because separatists threaten them. Kashmiri kids cannot go to school because separatists threaten them. Development work is halted because separatists are threatening them.

    Then naturally there will be a time when the common man who wants to live peacefully, work and fed his family will get fed up of violence and will fight back against mindless terrorist losers.

    You see, looking at Pakistani's pathetic condition, the separatists are getting desperate and that is why the valley saw unrest sometime back with stone pelting. The desperation to see their masters dying of hunger let alone feeding them in the neighbouring country is making them take such measures.

    But this recruitment campaign speaks otherwise. But since most Pakistanis and fundies want to live in a state of denial, they will refute it and hence continue down the road of disaster. Heck even Chinese don't want to annex Pakistan though they easily can...LOL

    Imagine LET, JUM, JUD etc all doing their gung ho activities in Chinese cities. :D

    Not even the Communists are that blind.
     
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    Religious fundamentalism can cause a lot of confusion dude.. especially when it is a dogmatic one.
     
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    I see that the boys are trying to hide their face when photos are being taken. It could be most likely that they might face security issues or harassment by their neighbours, espicially since Nowhatta is considered to be a hub of stone pelters.

    The point should be that the final recruits should be proud to be J&K police and serving their state and country. By hiding thier face, it still shows that the situation is fragile atleast in that particular district. Its not as bad as the media potrays but still there is no room for complacency
     
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    Ejaz, it might be due to cold too! It's winter this time of the year :playball:
     
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    I hope there will be thorough background checks on the people who are going to be recruited. We don't want people with extremist mentality on our forces, do we?
     

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