Govt approves amnesty to stone pelters, legal processes have begun: DGP

Will go tough against stone pelters habitual of obstructing anti-militancy operations

Srinagar: Stating that the government has approved the amnesty for first time stone pelters with court formalities having already begun, the Director General Police S P Vaid on Sunday said that “security forces will go tough against stone pelters habitual of obstructing anti-militancy operations.”

“Government has approved the amnesty to first time stone pelters and accordingly we have started the legal process. The list is being completed. Chief prosecuting officers in the session court will file government order in the court for further action.” the DGP while elaborating the approved amnesty said.

He said that while the first time stone pelters are being given chance, but those who are habitual of stone pelting will face the law. “Harsh measure will be put in place to prevent those who are habitual of stone pelting and are obstructing anti- militancy operations,” he maintained.

The DGP further said that police is trying best to change the minds of ‘misguided youth’.

“It is also the responsibility of the parents and society to guide their children. We are identifying the children vulnerable to inimical propaganda and started counseling them so that these kids do not fall prey to any unlawful activity,” the DGP maintained.

The police chief further said that counseling by police to stone-pelters and roping in their parents for support has been effective in curbing violence especially in the Srinagar District.

“There is a huge improvement in the situation in Valley and main credit goes to the people of Kashmir as they have also realized the futility of this and damaging their own property,” the DGP said and added that ‘we are thankful to officers and jawans who were working in the fields’.


(With inputs from KNS)

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