Jammu-Kashmir government withdraws cases against 10,000 stone-pelters

The Jammu-Kashmir government has approved the withdrawal of cases against 9,730 stone-pelters, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti told the assembly. In a written reply to the House, she said the cases in question were registered between 2008 and 2017, and added the withdrawal of the 1,745 FIRs was subject to certain conditions. The decision was based on the recommendations of a committee set up to look into the matter, she said.

The CM also said the state government had recommended amnesty for more than 4,000 people involved in “minor incidents of stone-pelting” over the past two years. According to her reply, 2,904 cases of stone-pelting were registered and 8,570 people arrested in connection with stone-pelting in 2016, the year Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s death in an encounter triggered unrest in the Valley, the number of cases dropped to 869 in 2017 with 2,720 people arrested.

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, and 547 in Kulgam during 2016 and 2017.

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