28/05/2017 3:56 PM IST | Updated 28/05/2017 3:56 PM IST

Despite Calls For Shutdown By Separatists, Kashmiri Youth Turn Up For Army Screening Exams


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SAIMOH, KASHMIR, INDIA - MAY 27: Indian army troopers guard the area where top rebel commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Sabzar Ahmed , along with his associates Faizan Muzaffar, was taking refuge during a gun battle between Indian government forces and Kashmiri rebels on May 27, 2017 in Saimoh 45 km (28 miles) south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India.

SRINAGAR: Nearly 800 Kashmiri youths today appeared in the common entrance exam for selection of junior commissioned officers and other ranks in the Army amid unrest in the Valley following the killing of militant Sabzar Bhat.

"Defying bandh call from various inimical factions, 799 candidates appeared in the common entrance examination held at Pattan and Srinagar today," an army official said.

He said 16 of the 815 candidates, who had passed the physical and medicals tests held earlier, did not turn up for the written exam.

"It is a clear rejection of regressive bandh calls, for choosing a brighter future," the official said.

Authorities in Kashmir today imposed curfew-like restrictions in many parts of the valley to maintain law and order in view of the protests following the killing of Bhat, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, in an encounter with security forces.

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