Govt considering amnesty for second-time stone pelters: Mehbooba

Govt considering amnesty for second-time stone pelters: Mehbooba
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Jammu: After amnesty to first-time stone throwers in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday announced that her government is considering a review of the cases of “second-time stone pelting offenders” in the Valley.
She said that her government was currently reviewing the cases (FIRs) against the “first-time” offenders. “This will give them an opportunity to pursue their future,” the chief minister told the Legislative Council while responding to the concern raised by her party MLC, Mohammad Yasir Reshi.
Reshi had asked the government “what was it doing about those who had more than one FIR in their name”.
“We are engaging the parents and families of first-time stone-pelting offenders so that they, who are mostly youth, do not engage in such activities again,” Mehbooba explained.
The government has given a general amnesty to at least 4,500 persons who were allegedly involved in stone-pelting cases and had FIRs registered in their names.
“The cases of second-time stone-pelting offenders are also under consideration of our government,” Mehbooba said in the council.
While raising a supplementary, Reshi had told the Upper House of the state legislature that “there were many persons who had more than one FIR in their name for their involvement in agitation/s but had shunned that path now”.
During the debate on amnesty to youth charged with alleged involvement in “activities against the State”, another PDP MLC, Firdous Tak, asked the government whether it was granting amnesty to any of the youth booked in what he termed as “communally sensitive” Kishtwar.
“The cases are registered for years together and police have failed to file charge sheet and in many a cases only oral statements of cops have been recorded by courts,” Tak told the Legislative Council.
He sought amnesty in such cases too on the pattern of the first-timers.
Parliamentary Affairs minister Abdul Rehman Veeri told the House that the issue raised by Tak will be looked into. “We can consider these cases as well,” he said.
In a written reply to Tak, the CM told the House, “A total of 43 cases against alleged illegal assembly, raising slogans, taking out procession especially under sections 120-B and 153-A CrPC were registered in Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban since 2008 against 537 accused.”
“No case registered under section 120-B and 153-A has been recommended/approved for amnesty,” Mehbooba, who holds charge of the Home ministry as well, said in the written statement. “Further action in this regard is underway.”
Tak told the House that cases were lingering in courts. “The amnesty may be extended to them as well,” he demanded.