Tension has risen in Jammu and Kashmir but despite call for complete shutdown and rising unrest, hundreds of young men appeared for the Army exam which is a clear rejection of regressive bandh call and choosing bright future.

A day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat was killed, the Valley has sunk in intense tension and the region was hit with a fresh protest. Curfew like restrictions were imposed on many parts of Kashmir to maintain law and order amid the rising unrest. During such tizzy circumstances, nearly 800 of 815 young Kashmiri men, who had passed the physical and medicals tests held earlier, turned up and appeared in the common written entrance exam for selection of junior commissioned officers and other ranks in the Indian Army.

These young men clearly defied the regressive shutdown call and chose bright future which signifies how the new generation seek peace and prefer the Indian Army over turmoil. An army officer who was part of conducting the exam said, “Despite the situation here, we decided to go for the recruitment rally to give opportunity to the youth to serve Army. We had received 815 applications from Srinagar and Pattan out of which 799 were able to reach examination centres today.”

Since curfew-like restrictions were imposed, the district administration announced that the admit cards of candidates appearing for army exam were treated as curfew passes and for the staff posted for invigilation, their identity cards were given a pass amid curfew. Apart from the military exam, district administration has ordered closure of all colleges and higher secondary schools in Srinagar for today. Apart from that, internet service has been suspended in the Valley temporarily and situations are being taken care of.

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