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Amnesty to second-time offenders under review: CM

January 23, 2018

Jammu, Jan 22: J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that review of second time stone pelting offenders was under consideration of her government.

Responding to the concern raised by MLC Mohammad Yasir Reshi in Legislative Council as what was government doing about those who had more than one FIRs in their name, Mehbooba said, “our government is currently reviewing the cases of first-time offenders.”

“We are engaging their parents and families so that these offenders, who are mostly youth, do not engage in such activities again,” Mehbooba told the Legislative Council of state legislature.

However, the CM added, “cases of second time stone pelting offenders is also under consideration of our government.”

The MLC had asked as what was government doing about those persons who “were involved in agitation/s and FIRs were registered against them but had shunned that path now”.

The Chief Minister informed the Upper House that the amnesty granted to more than nine thousand youth in various law and order related cases is aimed at bringing them back to their families and societies so that they can lead a peaceful life and restart their education, careers and other job pursuits.

Intervening during the question hour in the house, the Chief Minister hoped that the parents of these youth would also play their role in getting these youth back into their social milieu.

Mehbooba Mufti said after carefully monitoring the results of this scheme, the Government would also examine and assess the cases of youth against whom more than one cases are registered.

Earlier, replying to the main question raised by Firdous Ahmad Tak, the Minister for Agriculture, G N Lone Hanjura said by giving amnesty to the first time offenders, the government is involving their parents and families so that they encourage their wards not to indugfle in such activities in future. He said the government would consider the cases of second time offenders for amnesty.

He said no case has been recommended for amnesty under Section 120-B and 153-A CRPC from Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban.

He informed that 16 cases have been registered against 23 accused persons in Doda, 12 cases against 359 accused in Kishtwar and 15 cases against 155 accused have been registered in Ramban since 2008.


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