Jammu: Nearly 9,200 youth have been booked for stone pelting and “waging war against the state” in Kashmir since 2009 and only 1800 persons have been granted amnesty by the government so far.
“1733 cases of stone pelting and waging war against the state have been registered against 9,166 youth in Kashmir from January 2009 to January 31, 2014,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah informed the Legislative Assembly in a written reply to a question of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti.
Giving further breakup of the figures, Abdullah, who is also Minister Incharge for Home, said that out of the 1733 cases, 738 have been registered against 3,175 persons in Srinagar; 256 cases against 867 persons in Baramulla; 191 cases against 940 persons in Anantnag; 87 cases against 751 persons in Kulgam; 127 cases against 1176 persons in Pulwama; 53 cases against 420 persons in Kupwara; 79 cases against 709 persons in Shopian; 75 cases against 349 persons in Ganderbal; and 127 cases against 779 persons in Bandipora.
Abdullah said after the announcement of amnesty scheme, the government has identified 230 cases involving 1811 for withdrawal of cases, and so far 228 cases have been withdrawn while proceedings for remaining two cases in under process.
He said the government has no proposal under consideration to grant amnesty to any militant or any person involved in any heinous crime.
Abdullah had announced a general amnesty for Kashmiri youth who had been booked for participating in stone pelting incidents and “waging a war against the state” in August 2011 after the three consecutive summer agitations of 2008, 2009 and 2010 in the Valley.
In reply to another question from PDP’s Nizamuddin Bhat, Abdullah said the government had no details about cases registered against the minors under Public Safety Act (PSA) since 2010.
“The government was collecting information about it and would submit it during the ongoing budget session,” Abdullah said in the written reply.