New Delhi, Feb 2: Jammu and Kashmir government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday cleared the proposal to withdraw the cases of stone pelting on 9730 persons registered between 2008 and 2017. Mufti said new relief, taken after the recommendation of a committee formed to look into the matter, is subject to certain conditions. She added that her government has also recommended to withdraw cases on 2000 additional persons. [Also read: Kashmiri Students Attacked in Haryana: Police Arrest 3 Accused, Assure Medical Help to Victims]
Addressing the legislators in Jammu and Kashmir assembly, Mufti refrained from disclosing the particulars of first-time offenders due to security considerations for them and their families. She added 3,773 cases were registered in 2016 and 2017, leading to the arrest of 11,290 people, of whom 233 remained untraced. [Also read: J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti Advocates Talks, Says PoK is Part of Kashmir]
The valley witnessed a violent phase of violence post killing of Hizbul Mujahiddin commander Burhan Wani in July 2016. “The highest 2,330 people were arrested in Srinagar followed by 2,046 in Baramulla, 1,385 in Pulwama, 1,123 in Kupwara, 1,118 in Anantnag, 783 in Budgam, 714 in Ganderbal, 694 in Shopian, 548 in Bandipora, 547 in Kulgam and two in Doda districts during 2016 and 2017,” added Mufti. [Also read: Kashmir: FIR Filed Against Army Over Killing of Two Civilians in Shopian]
Interestingly, 56 government employees and 16 Hurriyat Conference activists were also found to be among the 4,949 people found to be involved in stone-pelting incidents.