July 2016 News

Stone Pelting: J And K Rolls Back Cases Against 634

5 July 2016
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, the PDP-BJP coalition government in J&K on Tuesday approved the withdrawal of 104 cases pertaining to the pelting of stones against 634 youth in the Valley. The State Home Department approved the withdrawal of cases a day after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asked the department and police to expedite the review of cases against youth booked on charges of pelting stones between 2008 and 2014. 'The three-member Committee constituted by the Government in its recommendations submitted to the Chief Minister, who also holds the charge of Home Department, has proposed that the cases between 2008 and 2014 be segregated and recommended for withdrawal in a phased manner,' an official spokesman said. Headed by the State DGP, the Committee comprising the ADGP CID and the Special Secretary Home as its members, will review the cases registered against the youth between 2008 and 2014. The spokesman said the Committee had taken up for review the cases between 2008 and 2009 in the first phase. 'It has accordingly recommended that 104 cases registered during this period involving 634 persons be withdrawn.' He said the parents of the accused persons and the accused youth, against whom the cases are to be withdrawn, will have to give an undertaking that they will not indulge in any such activity in the future. According to the official spokesman, the Committee has made it clear that the persons involved in 'heinous crimes' and offenses will be excluded from the review. He said the recommendations of the committee have been forwarded to the Police for immediate follow-up action. The three-member committee has sought three weeks' time for the review of the cases pertaining to period between 2010 and 2014. Mehbooba while chairing a high-level meeting regarding reforms in J&K's prisons on Monday had called for expediting the process of taking a holistic review of the cases.