Kashmir: Stone-pelters should be shot dead, says BJP MP

BJP MP DP Vats said that instead of cases being withdrawn against stone-pelters in Kashmir, they “should be shot dead”, reported ANI news agency.

“I read about the withdrawal of cases against stone-pelters but I think those pelting stones should be shot dead,” said Vats, a Rajya Sabha MP, on Saturday, according to ANI.

Vats is referring to Kashmir’s PDP-BJP government in February deciding to withdraw FIRs against nearly 10,000 people booked for stone-pelting.

The BJP MP’s comment came mere days after Union home minister Rajnath Singh said cases against first-time stone-pelters were withdrawn as “children make mistakes” and their future shouldn’t be put in jeopardy.

“We decided to withdraw FIRs against 10,000 youths involved in first-time stone-pelting for the sake of their future,” said Rajnath on Thursday while on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

However, also last week, the Delhi government told the National Human Rights Commission that the Jammu & Kashmir government’s decision to withdraw FIRs against stone-pelters would demoralise security forces and embolden militants to use civilians as human shields for their terror activities.

The Centre’s submission was in response to a petition filed by children of two serving and one retired army official who questioned the decision to withdraw cases against stone-pelters.
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