February 2018 News

Jammu And Kashmir Government Withdraws Cases Against 9,730 Stone Throwers

3 February 2018

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved withdrawal of cases against 9,730 stone throwers, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told the assembly on Saturday. In a written reply in the assembly, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the government approved the withdrawal of cases registered between 2008 and 2017 against these people, including first-time offenders, though withdrawal of 1,745 cases is subject to certain conditions, based on recommendations of a committee set up to look into the matter. Mehbooba Mufti also said that the government has recommended amnesty for more than 4,000 people involved in minor incidents of stone throwing over the last two years. Due to security reasons for them and their families, she did not disclose the particulars of first-time offenders. Giving details, the chief minister said 3,773 cases were registered in 2016 and 2017, leading to the arrest of 11,290 people while 233 remained untraced. Seven cases were not admitted, 1,692 were chargesheeted and 1,841 were under investigation, the she added in her reply. Intense clashes had rocked Kashmir Valley in 2016 following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 in a gunfight with security forces in Anantnag district. As many as 85 people were killed in clashes with security forces in the 2016 valley unrest. The chief minister said that while 2,904 cases were registered and 8,570 people were arrested in connection with stone throwing incidents in 2016, the number of such cases in 2017 dropped to 869 in which 2,720 people were arrested. Comments The highest number, 2,330 people, were arrested in Srinagar followed by 2,046 in Baramulla, 1,385 in Pulwama, 1,123 in Kupwara, 1,118 in Anantnag, 783 in Budgam, 714 in Ganderbal, 694 in Shopian, 548 in Bandipora, 547 in Kulgam and two in Doda districts during 2016 and 2017. She said 56 government employees and 16 Hurriyat Conference activists were among the 4,949 people found involved in stone throwing incidents while 4,074 were not affiliated with any separatist or militant group.