Amnesty to ‘first time’ stone pelters: FIRs withdrawn against 390 youth of Baramulla & Sopore


In north Kashmir’s district Baramulla, a “new beginning” programme was organized at Dak Bungalow in by the administration in which youth who came under the purview of the chief minister’s amnesty scheme took part.

During the programme, it was announced that 390 youth – 240 from Baramulla and 150 from Sopore areas – were granted amnesty. The youth were first-time stone-pelters, it was said during the programme.

MLA Baramulla Javed Hassan Beigh, DIG North Kashmir V K Birdi, and SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain presided over the function in which parents of these youth were asked to counsel their children.

File image of a youth pelting stones (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

The youth who benefitted under the scheme were asked to shape their careers. “The FIRs against these youth will be withdrawn. Now they can build their careers without having to follow litigations and hearings,” said the speakers.

MLA Beigh thanked chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for taking this initiative in the interest of youth. He said that the foundation of the political struggle of CM Mehbooba is based on safety, security, and development of the youth of the state. He advised the youngsters to take full advantage of amnesty scheme and begin a new life as a peaceful citizen.

DIG Kumar and SSP Hussain while congratulating the youth stressed upon them to contribute positively towards the lasting peace in the state. They also assured the youth total support from the police department in shaping up their careers and helping them out to secure gainful employment.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had last month announced the launch of the Centre’s amnesty for first-time “offenders of stone pelting”, a move that could see police drop charges against an estimated 4,500 people, most of them youngsters.

“It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders of stone pelting. My government had initiated the process in May, 2016 but it was unfortunately stalled due to the unrest later that year,” Mufti said.


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