Separatists fund-starved after note ban: Jaitley

He said it greatly reduced the number of protesters taking part in stone-pelting in the militancy-hit state.

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Mumbai, Publish Date: Aug 21 2017 12:01AM | Updated Date: Aug 21 2017 12:01AM
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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said demonetisation left Maoists in many parts of India and separatists in Jammu and Kashmir "fund starved".

He said it greatly reduced the number of protesters taking part in stone-pelting in the militancy-hit state.

"Stone pelters used to gather in thousands on the streets of Kashmir before demonetisation was announced, but now not even 25 come together for such agitations," he said.

"After demonetisation, separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and also Maoists in states like Chhattisgarh have become fund starved," the minister said.

Jaitley was speaking at a function in Mumbai organised by BJP. PTI