The Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti informed the state assembly on Tuesday that around 126 Kashmiri youth have joined militant groups in 2017, 38 more than 2016.
JAMMU: In 2017, Kashmir witnessed a 44 percent increase in local youths joining militancy from 2016, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister-Mehbooba Mufti informed the house on Tuesday.
Chief Minister said around 126 youths have picked up arms in 2017, that is more than 38 in 2016, however, CM’s figures contradict that of Jammu and Kashmir DGP-S.P Vaid’s statement, saying that state has seen a sharp rise in the number of youth joining militant ranks in 2017.
CM was replying to a written question by National Conference leader Ali Mohammed Sagar said, “66 youths have joined militancy in 2015, 88 in 2016, 126 in 2017.”
The sudden increase in numbers has been seen ever since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed on July 8, 2016.
Government official says 54 youth joined militant groups in 2010, numbers rushed to 23 in 2011, 21 in 2012 and only 16 in 2013.
While BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister have been claiming that militancy in Kashmir valley has been halted after the government introduced demonetization in November 2016.
Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir-Chief Minister who holds the portfolio of the home department said, 2,694 people, including 96 women, are lodged in different jails of the state.