Govt to review cases against ‘stone pelters’: Minister

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s Minister of State for Home Affairs, Sajad Kitchloo, on Sunday said the government will review cases against youth who have been booked for stone pelting.
“The government has taken a call on the issue after National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said that youth booked under stone pelting charges deserve a hassle free life,” Kitchloo was quoted as saying by a local news agency KNS.
He said his ministry is going to review all the cases where the youth have been booked for stone pelting before recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. “The government will take a lenient view in genuine cases where the accused deserve to be given a chance to improve their behavior,” he said.
The ‘amnesty plan’ is seen as one of the initiatives of National Conference’s course correction measures that have been chalked out after the party faced was badly defeated in the Lok Sabha elections.
Around 600 youth were rounded up in the Valley in the run up to Lok Sabha polls. But most of them were released after the elections were over. “More than 1,300 youth face charges of rioting and stone pelting since 2010,” the KNS said.
On May 29, Farooq Abdullah said the youth booked for stone pelting since 2010 need amnesty. “Today, I met youth who were involved in stone pelting. They told me there are FIRs against them which should be withdrawn. They need to be given some sort of general amnesty,” Abdullah, who met a delegation of stone-throwers here, said.