Srinagar: Contrary to the claims by top brass of ruling NDA regime in New Delhi, there are no reports with J&K government about the impact of demonetisation or use of fake currency on last year’s uprising in Kashmir valley, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday.
“No such reports have been received so far,” said Mehbooba, as minister in-charge of state’s home department replied to questions by BJP’s state chief, Sat Paul Sharma in legislative assembly about the “effects of demonetization of the currency notes on the recent violence and whether fake currency was used for generating violence.”
After Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupees notes on November 8, a number of ministers in the NDA government as well as entire BJP leadership claimed its massive impact on incidents of stone pelting in the valley.
On November 14, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar “congratulated” the PM, saying there have been no incidents of stone pelting in the valley after old 500 and 1000 rupees were declared illegal tender.
At least 90 people were killed during the uprising following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8. As many as 1100 persons, as per official figures, were also arrested and four hundred persons were detained under the draconian PSA.
To quell the massive protests, the police also registered 2684 FIRs across the length and breadth of the Valley.
The Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had claimed that one of the major objectives of demonetization was to “immensely help” in identification of sources of terror funding and blocking all such channels.
In a similar vein, Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh said: “With the banning of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, this government has also given a big blow to the militants flowing fake currency through different channels to India. The militants are awe-struck since November 8, the day Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were banned”.
Meanwhile, in reply to another question by the Sat Paul Sharma regarding identified sources of funding for the “terror and violence” in the State, Mehbooba said: “As per report received from CID Headquarters, Hawala Channels are being used to fund terror/violence in the State.”
She said since 2001, 173 Hawala cases have been registered, of which 90 cases have been charge sheeted, nine are “untraced and six not admitted.”
“Further, 45 cases are under investigation, while sanction is awaited in respect of 23 cases,” she added.