J&K’s PDP-BJP government approves withdrawal of cases against 9,730 stone pelters, amnesty to more than 4,000 people


Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday that her government had approved the withdrawal of cases against 9,730 stone pelters in the state.

A report by IANS said that Mufti told the assembly in a written reply that her government had 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.

The chief minister added that her government had also recommended to give amnesty to more than 4,000 people, who are said to be involved in minor incidents of stone pelting over the past two years, reported news agency PTI. However, she did not disclose the particulars of first-time offenders due security reasons for them and their immediate families.

Mufti said that 3,773 cases were registered in 2016 and 2017, leading to the arrest of 11,290 people while 233 remained untraced, added IANS report.

The news came amidst a full-blown controversy over the deaths of three civilians in the valley as a result of army firing. The Jammu and Kashmir Police had filed an FIR against the Indian army.

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Saturday had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek an explanation from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Mufti’s claims the decision to file FIR against the army was taken in consultation with the union minister.