Srinagar: The recruitment drive for Special Police Officer (SPO) post began in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Several local youths participated in the recruitment drive to fill up the 166 vacant seats. These vacancies have been specially allotted by the Ministry of Home Affairs for those residing in the area between 0 to 10 km of Line of Control (LoC).

SPO aspirant Javed Iqbal told news agency ANI, “Recruitment is happening in Poonch after a long time; several youths have come. I am feeling very good. We are getting a chance to serve the nation as well.”

Meanwhile, around 1500 young Kashmiri men thronged to the recruitment drive that took place in the Indian Army camp in north Kashmir. Reports stated that 2,500 youths participated in the screening test held at the Army recruitment drive in Baramulla district. The five-day recruitment drive began on Monday and in just two days, over 2,500 candidates from north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts took part. “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.

The recruitment drive has come in the wake of the deadly terror attack in Pulwama on February 14. The terror attack claimed the lives of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel after a JeM ultra Adil Ahmad Dar rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus in the convoy of the security forces.

(With Agency inputs)