NSA Ajit Doval chairs security meet in Kashmir

NSA Ajit Doval chairs security meet in Kashmir

Takes ‘inputs’ on educated youth joining militant ranks, waving of Pak, IS flags

India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday to review overall security scenario, especially in the backdrop of reports of educated youth joining militant ranks in South and North of the Valley, sources said.  

Doval, they said, chaired a high-level meeting with senior security and intelligence officials and also held deliberations with Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

“The NSA is here to review the security situation and devise a mechanism to stop educated local youth from joining the militant ranks,” a top official told Greater Kashmir on the condition of anonymity.

The official said Doval was briefed by senior security officials—including Director General of Police—that about 36 local youth from south and north Kashmir have joined militant ranks this year. “One among them has been killed in an encounter in Kulgam district of south Kashmir,” the officials told the NSA. He was also briefed about the steps being taken to “restrict youth from joining militant ranks”, the official said. 

“Doval was also told that for the first time since the onset of militancy in J&K, local militants outnumber non-locals (at present),” the sources disclosed. “He was informed that about 142 militants are presently operating in south, central and north Kashmir and 80 of them are locals.”

The official said waving of Pakistani and ISIS flags during protest rallies in Kashmir also came up for discussion. 

“Radicalization of youth was discussed in the meeting,” the official said.

He claimed the NSA expressed satisfaction over handling of law and order in J&K.

Pertinently, two days ago, General Officer Commanding- In- Chief (GoC-In-C), Northern Command, Lt Gen D S Hooda flagged South Kashmir as a cause of concern for the security setup.