Srinagar: A top paramilitary officer said on Friday that militancy was on the rise in south Kashmir as more locals were joining the militant ranks, causing serious concern to forces, a media report said.

Ravideep Sahai, Inspector General (IG)of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was quoted by the report as saying, “The situation in south Kashmir is a challenging one. Militancy is on the rise there and more locals are joining the militant ranks.

“It is a cause for concern and that is why the intensity of security operations is being increased in these areas.”

“A large-scale cordon and search operation has been started in the areas to instil confidence among the people and to stop robberies and killings in these areas,” the IG of the CRPF was quoted as saying about the bank robberies in south Kashmir, adding that it was unfortunate that local police and security men living in south Kashmir areas were being threatened by the militants.

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