Amid snow, rains, around 2500 Kashmiris took part in army’s recruitment drive

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Srinagar

Amid the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country, a large number of Kashmiri youth braved the snowfall and rains to take part in the recruitment drive of Indian Armed Forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The recruitment drive was held in Gantamulla Bala village of Baramulla district, media reports claimed.

A screen grab of the video during the recruitment drive in Baramulla on Tuesday, the video was shared by the army on their official twitter handle.

On February, 19, a large number of Kashmiris had reached north Kashmir’s Baramulla district to take part in the recruitment drive. “Youth of Kashmir turned in large numbers to join Armed Forces. The recruitment drive is being conducted at Gantamulla, Baramulla. Immense patriotic fervour, idea of better life and career in Army are great cause for Kashmiri Youth,’ army wrote on their official twitter handle. An accompanying video showed many standing in long queues in sheltered areas amid heavy snow and rainfall.

This comes days after the February 14 Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 49 paramilitary men. “By joining Army, we can serve the nation and also protect our families and take care of them as we hardly have any employment opportunities in the Valley,” ZeeNews quoted one of the aspirants as saying.

“We cannot go outside Kashmir. This is a great opportunity for us. We wish that more vacancies are offered to us. If Kashmiri personnel will be deployed in the sensitive areas then they can talk to the people and deal with the ongoing crisis,” another applicant was quoted by the report as saying.

Several Kashmiri students studying in different states have returned home following reports of attacks and threats. Following this, the safety and security of the students from Jammu and Kashmir, studying in different states was reviewed by the Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai on Sunday.

On February, 14, around 49 paramilitary men were killed when a suicide bomber rammed into a convoy while moving from Jammu to Srinagar in Lethpora area of South Kashmir Pulwama district, Zee News reported.

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