Jammu: The separatists and militants may claim the police to be their biggest enemy following the stone pelting incident last year, the locals of the valley, however, consider the cops as their friend. If the government records are any indication, recruitment in police services is the first choice of Kashmiri youths.

In 2009 and 2010, as many as 9,598 Kashmiri locals were recruited in police services.  However, the two years witnessed maximum public protests and violence in the Valley. 

In 2009, following the mysterious killings of the two Shopian girls in Kashmir, violent protests continued for long in the region. The protests which started in January 2010 picked up momentum in the month of May.

During this period, over 2,345 men got selected as special police officer (SPOs) apart from regular police recruitments. However, threats have poured in for the young locals from the terrorist outfits, while the separatists have begun social boycotting from families.

According to the data provided by state Home Secretary in the Assembly, 47 on the spot, 321 SPO quota, 9035 police recruitment board and 10 on courts order recruitments took place between 2009 and 2010.

Kuldeep Gudda, DGP, Kashmir said, “The recruitment records are an answer to all those who think that youths of the Valley consider police as their enemy.  We never force the people to get into Kashmir police services, they come by their choice. They consider us as their friend.”