95 Kashmiri youth joined militancy in 1 year: IGP Gillani

BK Correspondent /Srinagar
May 9, 2017 TOP STORIES 215 Views
95 Kashmiri youth joined militancy in 1 year: IGP Gillani

Claiming that Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were behind recent bank robberies in south Kashmir, a senior police officer Monday said that as many as 95 youth have joined militancy during the last one year in the valley.
“Investigation has revealed that militant outfits (HM) and LeT were involved in recent cases of bank loot in south Kashmir,” Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) S J M Gillani told reporters here.
Cash transactions at about 45 branches of different banks have been stopped temporarily in twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama in the wake of sprung in gunmen targeting banks and killing of five policemen and two bank employees during the past over two weeks in south Kashmir.
The IGP Kashmir said there are over 200 militants active in the valley right now; adding 95 local youth have joined militancy during the last one year.
Of these over 200 militants, 110 are locals while the rest are foreigners.
When asked if the gag on social networking sites will be removed, he said, “We will assess effects of blocking social media sites at the end of one-month and then take a decision accordingly.”
Following upward spiral in student protests during the last over three weeks, the state government last month banned 22 social networking sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, saying they are used to incite violence and spread rumours. However, the banned sites are still accessible on all mobile networks though Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and on state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) broadband service.
Meanwhile, the government has also directed all District Magistrates (DMs) of the state to ensure that 34 ‘illegal’ channels, mostly from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, were not transmitted on cable networks, saying they have the potential to encourage or incite violence in the Valley.
The order, which was passed on May 6, came a day after Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over the broadcast of these channels by cable operators in the valley and asked the state government to stop their transmission immediately.

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