Booked for stone pelting in 2010, youth plead for amnesty

Srinagar: A group of youth hailing from Khew area of Pulwama district Tuesday staged a demonstration at Press Enclave here demanding they be included in the general amnesty announced by the Jammu and Kashmir government to the first time stone pelters.

They said they were booked during 2010 agitation and have been visiting courts for the past seven years.

As the government announced amnesty to the first time stone pelters, they were under the impression that their cases would too be withdrawn but so far no such thing has happened.

“We were 62 youths hailing from Khrew who were booked in 2010 for stone pelting. Of them, 53 were exempted but rest are appearing in the courts without fail. Government has granted amnesty to the stone pelters from 2008 to 2014. We are also coming under the amnesty,” the youth told reporters.

They appealed to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to consider their case and order for granting amnesty to them.

They said if justice was denied to them they will be forced to take an “extreme” step.

One of the protesters, Atif Ahmad said he has lost his youth to courts. We are going outside the state to earn our livelihood but had to come back to the valley frequently to attend the courts which costs us dear.

He said if the government is really interested in shaping the future of the youth, they should include us in the amnesty so that we can earn our livelihood without fear of going to the courts. (Kashmir Wire)


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