Withdrawing FIRs against stone pelters: Mehbooba hails GoI, pats herself
Srinagar: Amid reports about amnesty to first-time stone pelters in Kashmir Valley, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said it reaffirms the government of India’s commitment towards changing the narrative in J&K and creating a reconciliatory atmosphere for sustained dialogue
“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,” she tweeted.
She added; “This confidence building measure reaffirms the Central government’s commitment towards changing the narrative in J&K & creating a reconciliatory atmosphere for sustained dialogue.”
Mehbooba said that it was encouraging that the interlocutor has started on a positive note. “His recommendations are being taken seriously by both the Central & State government.”
Taking the suggestion of the special representative forward, reports said that over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped.
New Delhi may also consider rehabilitating locals who have joined militant groups but have not indulged in any heinous crime, they said.
Dineshwar Sharma, the interlocutor, the report said, found residents in the Valley facing the problem of electricity shortage, especially during winters and, therefore, an additional 300 Mega Watt will be provided to Kashmir this year.
Attempts are being made to ensure round-the-clock electricity supply by the beginning of winter next year, the officials said as per the report, adding talks are being held with power ministry for implementing this project.
The government of India will also enhance the compensation to the policemen killed during encounters. At present, a local policeman gets Rs 40 lakh.
The decisions were considered to be part of discussions held by Sharma during his visit to the Valley for talking with all stakeholders.