126 youth in Jammu and Kashmir joined militancy in 2017: Mehbooba

The number of local youths joining militancy in Jammu and Kashmir went up to 126 in 2017, a sharp increase from 88 the year before, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti informed the Assembly in Jammu on February 6, reports. “As many as 66 youths joined militancy in 2015, 88 in 2016 and 126 in 2017,” the Chief Minister said while replying to a written question by National Conference (NC) leader Ali Mohammed Sagar reported in December last year (2017) that 2017 had seen the highest number of local recruitments to various militant groups in seven years. This was denied by Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid.

National Conference (NC) leader Ali Mohammed Sagar’s question in the Assembly also related to separatists detained in the past three years. According to Mehbooba, certain separatist leaders, including two women, were detained under provisions of the Public Safety Act (PSA) to prevent them from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of the state or maintenance of the public order. The Chief Minister, who also holds the portfolio of the Home Department, said 2,694 people, including 96 women, are lodged in different jails of the State. The 228 convicted prisoners include eight women. Besides, there are 2,156 under trials, including 88 women. Of the 213 detained under the PSA and NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Acts, one is a woman, she said. She said details of prisoners (state subjects) lodged in various jails outside the state are not maintained by the Home Department. No person affiliated with any recognised political party is under preventive detention as on date, she added.

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