Amnesty in Ramadan: Govt likely to consider release of stone pelting youth

Srinagar: In view of the Ramadan, the state authorities are likely to take some important steps vis-à-vis the release of the youth, detained on the grounds of  stone throwing in various parts of valley.

Reports informed KNS that around hundred youth are at present behind bars for cases pertaining to stone pelting. Now the authorities have decided to initiate necessary measures that could pave way for their release, sources told KNS.

The government has received various deputations- urging the authorities to release the youth arrested in the recent past on the grounds of stone pelting.  The deputations have also urged the government that the release orders be issued keeping in view the sanity of the ongoing month of Ramadan.

Authorities earlier had taken several youth into preventive custody as the polls for the parliament were conducted in the recent past in Jammu and Kashmir. The state government had also maintained at that time that the youth involved on the stone throwing have been kept under the police custody so that the situation of law and order could not get disturbed in valley.

The police authorities at that time had stated that it has detained the youth who had the past cases of disrupting law and order, registered. It was later informed that Omar Abdullah-led government in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to ‘review’ cases of at least 50 youth detained under various charges, including rioting and stone pelting, since 2010.

National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah stated that there is a need to review the case of youth involved in minor offences of stone pelting. The NC patron had advocated for granting ‘amnesty for boys and (that) their cases be withdrawn’. Reports have also informed that majority of the youth are detained in different police station in North Kashmir’s Baramulla and Sopore town.