1,300 Kashmiri youths appear in Army recruitment test
The Army said on Sunday that despite the shutdown called by the separatists, nearly 1,300 local youths sat for the Army recruitment test in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Common entrance written examination for the selection of soldier general duty, technical and tradesmen in the Indian Army was conducted at Srinagar and Pattan town in Baramulla district," Defence spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia said.
Authorities on Sunday clamped curfew and imposed restrictions in the Kashmir Valley to maintain law and order and to prevent violence, as top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was laid to rest in his ancestral village in Tral of south Kashmir with hundreds attending the midnight funeral.
Several parts of the Kashmir Valley were on the boil after security forces inflicted heavy damage on militants, killing eight of them, including Bhat, who had succeeded Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani following his killing last July. Violence erupted on Saturday at more than 50 places in the Valley including in Srinagar and Tral as stone-pelting youths were out on streets attacking security forces. Wani's killing had sparked a long spell of unrest in the Valley last year.