Police finalizing list of first time stone pelters, says IGP

Srinagar: Police in Kashmir Valley has begun the process of identifying the ‘first time’ stone pelters who will be offered amnesty as per the government’s announcement.

“The police department has already set the ball rolling and the task to identify the people  is all set to be completed by the end of next week,” Inspector General of Police, IGP Kashmir, Muneer Khan told a local news gathering agency.

He said that his department is busy identifying the stone pelters who were ‘first timers’ and against whom cases in various police stations across the Kashmir Valley stand registered.

Notably, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti last week announced the launch of the GOI’s amnesty for first-time “offenders of stone pelting”.

The announcement was made ahead of the government appointed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma’s second visit to the state. There are reports that charges are being dropped against more than 4500 ‘first time stone pelters’ in Kashmir Valley.

 The Kashmir Police chief said that those against whom FIRs in various police stations were registered from 2010 to 2017 are being identified and a complete list of the first time stone pelters in being thoroughly complied.

“The process of identifying them has already begun and we are likely to submit the final list by the end of next week,” Khan said.

 He added that the list containing the names of other details of the first time stone pelters will be sent to the police headquarters by his office wherefrom further necessary action will be initiated. (KNS)



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