Stone pelters of 2010 plead for inclusion in the amnesty

Kashmir wire

Srinagar: A group of youth hailing from Khrew area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday staged a demonstration at Press Enclave here demanding they would be included in the general amnesty announced by the Jammu and Kashmir to the first time stone pelters.

They said they were booked during 2010 agitation and have been visiting courts for the past seven years.

As the government announced the amnesty to the first time stone pelters, they were under the impression that their cases would be withdrawn but so far no such thing has happened.

“We were 62 youths of the Khrew who were booked in 2010 for stone pelting. The government has granted amnesty to the stone pelters from 2008 to 2014. We are also coming under the amnesty”, the youth told reporters.

They appealed to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to consider their case and order for granting amnesty to them.

They said if justice was denied to them they will be forced to take “extreme” step.

One of the protester Atif Ahmad said he has lost his youth to courts. We are going outside the state to earn our livelihood but had to come back to the valley frequently to attend the court which costs us, dear.

He said if the government is really interested in shaping the future of the youth, they should include us in the amnesty so that we can earn our lives without fear of going to the courts. (Kashmir Wire)

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