J&K govt. okays withdrawal of stone-pelting cases against 9,730 people

Mehbooba Mufti said her government has also recommended to give amnesty to more than 4,000 people.

February 03, 2018 04:32 pm | Updated 09:28 pm IST - Srinagar

 Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses in the ongoing Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir state legislature, in Jammu on Friday.

Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addresses in the ongoing Budget session of the Jammu and Kashmir state legislature, in Jammu on Friday.

Over 9,730 people, involved in stone-throwing incidents between 2008 and 2017 in the Kashmir Valley will be granted amnesty.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, told the Assembly in a written reply that her government had approved the withdrawal of 1,745 cases, involving 9,730 persons. All these were categorised as “first time offenders”.

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The cases were identified by a committee constituted by the Chief Minister earlier. “Over 4,000 people, involved in minor incidents of stone throwing over the past two years, have already been granted amnesty,” she said.

In 3,773 cases, registered in 2016 and 2017, 11,290 were arrested. “Of whom, 233 have remained untraced,” said Ms. Mufti.

Around 8,570 people were arrested in 2016 alone. “The number of cases in 2017 dropped to 869 and 2,720 people were arrested,” said the Chief Minister.

She said 56 government employees and 16 Hurriyat activists were among the 4,949 people found involved in stone-throwing incidents. “Around 4,074 were not affiliated with any separatist or militant group,” she said.

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