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Srinagar, September 15: It was widely reported earlier this week that a considerable number of Kashmiri youths, especially from South Kashmir, have gone missing and may have joined militant groups.
South Kashmir, formed by four districts — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag, has seen the most amount of violence eversince Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8.
The missing youth, according to those in the know, were mainly moving towards HM militant group while only a few had joined Lashker-e-Taiba.
At the same time, the security forces have been moving silently into this hotbed of anger and militancy, South Kashmir, regain control in the area that has also been the centre point of the agitation in the valley for the last two months.
Over 70 people have been killed so far in these protests.
South Kashmir is known to be the bastion of the PDP which is ruling the state in an alliance with the BJP. Ever since the government came into power twice in the last two years, South Kashmir has turned into a virtual breeding ground for militants with many youths joining their rank and file or becoming their sympathisers.
The HM have now released a video featuring some of the new recruits who are shouting slogans throughout a video that stretches to over two minutes. According to local sources, these new recruits are from among the 80 youth who have gone missing in the last two months alone.
Las year as well, 90 youths had joined militant ranks and 80 per cent of these hailed from various districts of South Kashmir alone.
Prime breeding grounds have come to be Heff-Shrimal in Shopian district, Samboora, Lillahar, Pulwama town and Tral of Pulwama district, Qaimooh and Redhwani in Kulgam district and Redhwani in Anantnag district.