Jammu KashmirUnemployment, protests n’ clashes have raised police battalions

Unemployment, protests n’ clashes have raised police battalions


, February 13 (KIP):-Series of protests leading to clashes between the security forces and civilians in the valley besides incidents of militancy are said to have been the main factor responsible for the increase in the number of police battalions in .

In fact the number of additional police battalions has been on the rise since the beginning of Pakistan sponsored insurgency in the state. And since the unemployment figure among the educated youth has been on the rise raising of additional police battalions remained the only answer to this problem. And for the last six years  every year five to seven additional police battalions were raised  not only for resolving problem of unemployment but also for tackling activities of militants.

The strength of police personnel in Jammu and Kashmir has reached nearly 90,000 with highest number of recruitments done this year since 2009 due to spate of protests in the valley.

Home department documents have revealed that the present strength of police personnel in the state was over 89119. This, however, excluded the number that was contributed by Special Police Officers (SPOs) here. Records reveal that since 2009 the highest recruitment was done this year and the number was 5035.

In last fifteen years highest recruitment was done in 2009 and the number stood at 7891. In 2010 the number of police personnel who were recruited was 1250, while as it was significantly lesser in subsequent years and was 452 in 2011, 266 in 2012, 419 in 2013, 39 in 2014, 74 in 2015 and 214 in 2016.

In 2002 only 89 personnel were recruited, 532 in 2003, 1149 in 2004, 3134 in 2005, 4051 in 2006, 1122 in 2007, 3031 in 2008 and 7891 in 2009.

According to officials while the process of recruitment was started in 2016 only, most of the orders were finalized in January this year. Situation in Kashmir continues to remain grim after the death of HM militant commander, Burhan Muzafar Wani, whose funeral was attended by thousands of people triggering a wave of protests across Kashmir. Police resorted to spree of arrests with more than 8,500 people being detained in the last seven months.

However, while protests continued, young boys took part in the police recruitment rallies after the special police battalions were sanctioned by the Home department to meet with the demand of extra deployment of personnel in the restive Kashmir region.

Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, in his last year visit to Kashmir had reiterated that Government of (GoI) was creating ample job opportunities for youth in Kashmir, while emphasizing that the special police recruitment drives will be initiated in the valley.

So far police have registered 2700 cases of stone pelting and majority of the people booked for incidents of law and order problems are the youth in the age group of 18-30. While 3987 people in the age bracket of 18-30 were arrested, 1320 was the number in the higher age group and teenagers stood at 519. Majority of the youth have however been released on bail by the courts here, official records show, but 114 are in judicial custody as of now.(KIP)

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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