New Delhi, July 31: Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Tuesday said Eighty-seven youths from Jammu and Kashmir have joined militancy until July 20, with 12 of them joining after the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state.
In response to a question, Ahir informed the Lok Sabha that the 87 youths belong to four south Kashmir districts — Anantnag (14), Pulwama (35), Shopian (23) and Kulgam (15).
“After the imposition of Governor’s Rule on June 20 in Jammu and Kashmir, 12 youths were reported to have disappeared and later on joined militancy,” he said.
The minister also said the Central government regularly reviews the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a bid to prevent militant activities, several measures have been taken such as enhanced human intelligence and the use of technical intelligence.
The Centre has also continuously encouraged policies to mainstream the youths, including by providing employment opportunities, the minister added.