About 940 youth turned up for army's recruitment rally in two days in South Kashmir's Anantnag district where the process commenced on Wedneday, defence officials revealed.
"On the first day of the rally, 480 youth took part and today 460 more turned up taking the number to 940," the officials said.
They said the rally which will continue till September 25 is being held at High Ground-Anantnag in South Kashmir but is open for candidates of entire valley.
He said that those travelling from far off places are provided every kind of facility including accommodation, food and security. "We make sure that they reach and leave from here safely and don't get lynched by frenzy mob," they said.
There have been reports of youth- who turned up from remote villages for the recruitment being thrashed by youth in Kadipora area of Anantnag town.
"Few of the candidates were beaten up – while they were proceeding towards a venue or while returning," eye-witnesses said.
They said army was deployed in the area to facilitate them to the venue and back.
The recruitment rally was scheduled in July but was deferred due to mass uprising.
The officials said more than 12000 youths across Kashmir had applied online under the recruitment process.