The J&K Police had a tough time on Thursday night to assuage hundreds of cadets at Subsidiary Training Center, Manigam, who resorted to rioting and sloganeering in the dead of night.
Hundreds of cadets under training in the police training school complex in north-eastern district of Ganderbal, 30 km away from Srinagar, came out of the training complex in the night and damaged property.
Preliminary reports suggest 800 cadets, who were recruited in 2011 in special drives, were unhappy over the delay in their passing-out parade. "The training was completed some five months ago," said a cadet, on the condition of anonymity.
Apparently, the cadets were not able to go home since the training started. Around 150 trainees, who raised slogans against senior officials of the training institute, smashed vehicles, damaged canteen and assembled on the Srinagar-Leh highway, in an attempt to block it. The situation went out of control when the protesters snapped electricity lines of the area.
The violence subsided only on Thursday morning when senior police official reached the spot to strike a deal with the agitating personnel.
Pertinently, the cadets are scheduled to be the part of the security arrangements of the upcoming Amarnath yatra. "They have now agreed to be part of the Amarnath yatra deployment," said a senior police official on the condition of anonymity.
The police spokesman in Srinagar downplayed the incident. "There was some issue and it has been sorted out," said Srinagar-based spokesman of the zonal headquarters.
VHP against their deployment on yatra route
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has taken serious view of the government's decision to absorb nearly 900 youth involved in "anti-national activities" in J&K Police recently and said they were threat to yatries.
"They have almost completed their training at Manigam Centre and will be deputed to the yatra duty," said VHP chief adding that this belt-force youth have openly revolted and demonstrated on Ganderbal-Sonamarg road.
Already security threats to Amarnath yatries are being accepted at the highest level. These youth involved in anti-national activities are certainly a double-edge sword for the security perception. He said that since all yatries on Baltal route have to pass through Manigam itself, they are potential threat at Manigam as well as enroute the yatra.