Stone pelting: Mehbooba orders review of cases

Joanna Estrada
November 24, 2017

Stone pelters across Kashmir valley against whom cases were slapped for participating in the unlawful activities for the first time in the aftermath of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in July 2016 may be rejoicing after listening to the formal announcement made by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that her government has initiated a process to drop cases against them.

"It gives me enormous satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against the first time offenders of stone pelting", she said.

The Centre's special representative for a sustainable dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma will begin his second tour of the state on Friday. The Chief Minister described the decision as a ray of hope for these young boys and their families terming it as an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives.

"It is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families".

Of these, more than 4,500 cases, the reports said, were registered against youth who were found indulging in stone pelting for the first time.

Sharma was appointed the Centre's interlocutor on October 23 to hold talks with all stakeholders in an effort to find lasting peace.

The Home Ministry had earlier this week announced amnesty to stone pelters as yet another initiative to win over the hearts of Kashmiris.

The officials added that Sharma will also meet people who came from West Pakistan immediately after Partition in 1947 and settled in Jammu.

"I would like to meet youth in other districts as well".

Over 11,500 cases against stone pelters were registered since July a year ago following Wani's death. Over a hundred youth were killed and several blinded by pellet guns, which became the symbol of violence against civilian demonstrators.

"The confidence-building measure is aimed at the youth who had paralysed the state past year, " the home ministry official had said. Looks like Mehbooba Mufti's only job is to take instructions from the Central govt.

"The chief minister has been under pressure for being in an alliance with the ruling BJP-led NDA government at the Centre", the report had said.

Sharma will be arriving to Kashmir on 26 November before meeting people in Jammu on November 24. There were thousands of stone-pelters.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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