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‘Notable’ reduction in the number of young people who joined the militancy since August 5 of last year: Report | India News

SRINAGAR: The number of young people who joined the ranks of terrorists in Kashmir has been reduced “markedly” since the annulment of the provisions of Article 370 in August last year, officials said.

According to a report prepared by security agencies, on average, five local youth have joined the militancy every month since August 5 of last year, compared to the previous rate of 14 per month.

The report, which compares the events related to terrorism before and after August 5, stated that large meetings at the funerals of terrorists, which were fertile ground for the recruitment of young people in the militancy, have become a thing from the past, since now only a handful of close relatives seen in cemeteries.

“There are cases in which the militants were buried in the presence of only a dozen close relatives,” the report said.

Earlier, terrorist funerals killed by security forces attracted a large crowd and assistance crossed 10,000 times.

Another trigger for the local youth who joined the ranks of militancy was the last call made by a terrorist trapped members of his family. Such voice recording would normally reach the masses in general and act as a catalyst in some of the young brains to pick up the weapon.

However, after August 5, 2019, no such calls were reported, partly due to restrictions on communication channels and partly due to the change of scenery, according to the report.

He said there was also a marked decrease in stone throwing incidents, both during meetings between security forces and militants and on other occasions. The use of tear smoke projectiles, pellet guns was naturally reduced and the number of deaths by law and order was reduced to negligible limits.

On August 5 of last year, repression was imposed in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir after the repeal of the special state of the state and its bifurcation in Union territories: Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

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