New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to move all juveniles arrested for pelting stones and other unlawful activities from jails to remand homes and to review their cases sympathetically, officials said.
The decision is considered to be an attempt by the BJP-led government to reach out to the people of J&K after the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as the government of India’s special representative to initiate talks with all stakeholders.
The issue was discussed in detail at Wednesday’s meeting of the core group on Kashmir chaired by the home minister and attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, where it was decided to ask the J&K government to work on the cases of juveniles.
After the core group meeting, the J&K government has been asked to shift all juveniles who were arrested for pelting stones and other crimes to remand homes and review their cases sympathetically, a home ministry official privy to the development told PTI.
The state government is expected to take the initiative to shift the juveniles to remand homes and review their cases soon, the official said.
Besides Sharma, top officials of the ministries of home and defence and the chiefs of intelligence agencies also attended the meeting.
Sharma also briefed the home minister and others about his first round of talks with various sections of society there last week.
Sharma will visit the state again to continue his mission of holding a sustained dialogue process.
However anti-militancy operations in J&K will go on even though the Modi-led government has appointed the special representative to initiate talks with all stakeholders in an effort to bring a lasting peace to J&K.