Srinagar, 27 August: The Kashmir region continues to reel under shutdowns and curfews for 50 days but amidst all the chaos, the Jammu & Kashmir Police has received an encouraging response to its recruitment drive for the special police officers (SPOs).
According to the figures available, nearly 10,000 such application forms have been received from the youths in the Kashmir division for the recently advertised posts.
Though the policemen are facing the brunt of the protest, the authorities have received 9,917 applications from different districts of the Valley for the posts of the SPOs so far.
This comes even as two SPOs publicly resigned in Sopore in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on August 23 . They were garlanded after they announced their resignation.
According to data, , the highest number of applications forms — 3,296 — has been received from Kupwara district, which is also in the grip of daily protests and where scores of youths have been injured in clashes between protesters and police.
This is followed by Budgam district, where so far, the police have received 1,158 applications.
Baramulla comes is third with 1,034. This is followed by 774 in Ganderbal and 640 in Kulgam which is the worst-hit district as far as civilian protests are concerned. In Bandipora district, the number is 604, in Anantnag it is 562, Pulwama 474, Srinagar 357 and in Shopian 221.
Part-time employees of the J&K Police, SPOs are paid a meagre stipend of Rs 6,000 per month. They are engaged to help security forces tackle militancy.