Kashmir youth thanks Indian army, locals almost set his house on fire


Anantnag, Sept 23: A group of miscreants reportedly attempted to set on fire the residence of a youth who yesterday thanked Indian army for holding recruitment rally in this Southern district.

Reports in a local daily suggest that some youth stormed into Yasir Ahmad’s residence (name changed) at Soafshali, Kokernag, to set it on fire as Yasir had spoken in favour of Indian Army.

It was the timely intervention by the local Auqaf Committee, which saved the youth and his house.

The compromise according to a report in Early times was reached when “The Auqaf Committee intervened and stopped youth from putting the house of Youth on fire. He was also forced to seek apology for thanking Indian army.”

The station house officer (SHO) at Kokernag downplayed the event, however, denying any such event even happened.

“I am thankful to the Army for providing me this opportunity. I appeal to the youth to shun violence and give peace a chance. We should come forward and serve our country. Violence will fetch us nothing,” he was quoted as having told the media.

He also appealed youth to refrain from stone pelting and proving their talent.

According to Army, 11,000 youth from the Kashmir valley have registered online for the recruitment.

Brigadier JS Samyal, Deputy Director General, Recruitment said that out of 11,500 online registrations, more than 6000 are from the southern region of the Valley.

“We have kept the recruitment rally open and youth aspiring to be part of the Army can walk in,” Samyal said.

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