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New Delhi: As many as 87 local youths have joined militancy in J&K so far this year, Minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said. He said after imposition of Governor’s rule in the state on June 20, 12 youths was reported to have disappeared and later joined militancy. “Eighty-seven youths have joined militancy in 2018 (till July 20) in the four districts of South Kashmir Anantnag (14), Pulwama (35), Shopian (23), Kulgam (15),” he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The minister of state for home said the govt regularly reviews the security situation in J&K. In order to prevent activities of militants, numerous steps have been taken, including strengthening of the operational grid with enhanced human intelligence and use of technical intelligence grid, Ahir said. “The govt has also continuously encouraged policies to mainstream the youth, including providing employment opportunities to wean them away from militancy,” he said. In 2018, till July 22, 110 militants were killed by government forces, while 18 civilians died in militancy-related violence in Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said. In 2017, 213 militants were killed and 40 civilians died in militancy incidents, he said.

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