New Delhi, Jun 11: Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Devender Paul Vats stirred a controversy, saying instead of cases being withdrawn against stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir, they “should be shot dead”.

“I read about the withdrawal of cases against stone-pelters but I think those pelting stones should be shot dead” DP Vats, retired Lt. General of Army, said, according to news agency ANI. Vats was elected to Rajya Sabha from Haryana in March.

Vats was referring to the state government’s decision to withdraw FIRs against nearly 10,000 people booked for stone-pelting. His statement came mere days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said cases against first-time stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir were withdrawn as “children make mistakes”.

“Children can make mistakes. That is why we decided to withdraw cases against those children who were misled into stone pelting,” Singh said on Thursday while on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Interestingly, last week, the Centre told the National Human Rights Commission that decision to withdraw FIRs against stone-pelters would demoralise security forces.