Defying separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, hundreds of youth apply for the post of Special Police Officer (SPO) in Jammu and Kashmir police department. Geelani had earlier cautioned the youth about the “conspiracy” of appointing SPOs and called the recruitment drive an attempt to “revive the Ikhwan culture.” Jammu and Kashmir government in August rolled out 10,000 posts of Special Police Officers in various districts across the state. The government believes it would be one of the ways to keep the youths away from protests.
According to a report of Times of India, Ikhwanis were surrendered militants from various terrorist outfits and notorious for grave violations of human rights. Initially, the post of SPO was given to surrendered militants who would work with the police’s special operations group (SOG).
Geelani had earlier said that the “puppet government” is least bothered about the employment and welfare of Kashmiris. However, on Wednesday, over 5000 applicants appeared for the fitness test for SPO in various districts.
“Many youths from Tral, Awantipora, Lethipora areas appeared for fitness tests for SPOs post. Overall the response so far has been good. Many who have appeared for test have even qualified, said Iftikhar Choudhary, DSP DR, Member Recruitment Board.
Due to the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the Valley has been engulfed in prolonged unrest. While infiltration bids are set to increase, if a sizeable commanders are guarding the LoC, chances of such infiltration can be lowered down.