JAMMU AND Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Monday ordered a review of all cases lodged between 2008 and 2014 in which youths were booked on charges of stone-pelting. The Omar Abdullah-led National Conference-Congress government was in power at the time.
“The Home Department and police should expedite the process of taking a holistic review of the cases… and decide on merits how many such cases can be withdrawn to give these boys an opportunity to begin their lives afresh,” Mehbooba is reported to have said at a high-level meeting with senior civil and police officials.
A government spokesperson said Mehbooba has sought a report about nine youths serving imprisonment in stone-pelting cases.During the meeting, Mehbooba also asked the Director General of Police to take up the matter of deportation of a physically and mentally-challenged Pakistani prisoner — in jail for accidentally crossing the Line of Control. “The State and its law-enforcement agencies shouldn’t be seen acting in such a callous manner; (they should) be more humane in their approach while dealing with cases of such physically-challenged persons,” Mehbooba said.
The previous NC-Congress government had first announced an amnesty scheme for youths involved in stone-pelting.