SRINAGAR: The number of youths joining the ranks of terrorists in Kashmir has gone down "remarkably" since the nullification of provisions of Article 370 in August last year, officials have said.
According to a report prepared by security agencies, on an average, five local youths have joined militancy every month since August 5 last year, as compared to the earlier rate of 14 per month.
The report, comparing terror-related developments before and after August 5, stated that large gatherings at funerals of terrorists, which were fertile grounds for recruitment of youths into militancy, have become a thing of the past as now only a handful of close relatives are seen at burial grounds.
"There are instances when militants were buried in the presence of just a dozen of close relatives," the report said.
Earlier, funerals of terrorists killed by security forces attracted large crowd with the attendance crossing 10,000 at times.
Another trigger for local youths joining the ranks of militancy was the last call made by a trapped terrorist to his family members. Such voice recording would normally find its way to general masses and would act as a catalyst on some of the young brains to pick up the gun.
However, after August 5, 2019, no such calls were reported, partly due to restrictions in communication channels and partly due to the changed scenario, the report said.
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