Srinagar: Within a week of the Pulwama terror attack and 2,500 youths have come for the screening test at the Army recruitment drive in Baramulla district, said reports.

Around 1,500 youth from north Kashmir alone took part in the second day of the drive at Gantmulla on the outskirts on Tuesday.

The five-day drive started on Monday and in the first two days, over 2,500 candidates from north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts have participated. “We have to fill 111 posts in the Territorial Army and the response from the youth of north Kashmir has been immense,” an official was quoted as saying by a daily.

“We expect over 6,000 candidates to appear for the screening in the next three days,” he said. The overwhelming response, he said, “is a positive sign and shows that people want to shun violence”.

Currently, over 5,000 Kashmiris are serving in the Army. This has happened since the Army started holding recruitment drives in the state. Till the early 1990s, very few Kashmiri youths joined the Army when militancy was at its peak.