Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Thursday the process to grant “amnesty to first-time stone pelters” was stalled due to the 2016 “unrest”.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday night, Mufti said: “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders of stone pelting.
“My government had initiated the process in May 2016 but it was unfortunately stalled due to the unrest later that year.
“It is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. This initiative will provide them an opp ortunity to rebuild their lives.”
According to reports, more than 11,500 cases were registered against stone pelters since July 8 last year when Kashmir erupted in protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter. Out of these, over 4,500 cases were registered against first-time stone pelters.
Kashmir witnessed massive anti-India protests amid months of curfew and shutdown and the killing of nearly 100 people by government forces after Wani was killed in an encounter in Kokernag area of Kulgam district on July 8.
According to official figures, over 1700 people were wounded due to the widespread use of pellet guns by government forces.
The Indian government has reportedly given a nod to the PDP-BJP government to go ahead with the amnesty process on the recommendation of its “representative” for dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma who recently concluded a five-day visit to the state.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, however, took a dig at her saying that she took instructions from the Central government while making a decision related to her government.
“Centre’s big amnesty push”! Looks like Mehbooba Mufti’s only job is to take instructions from the Central Govt. This should have been a State Govt decision,” Omar wrote on Twitter.