6 youths acquitted years ago in govt amnesty list

In its amnesty to the first-time stone pelters and protesters, the government has listed six Anantnag youths a court had acquitted years ago.
6 youths acquitted years ago in govt amnesty list

In its amnesty to the first-time stone pelters and protesters, the government has listed six Anantnag youths a court had acquitted years ago.

These youths have now been asked to present themselves along with their parents on Thursday for counselling. 

Greater Kashmir learnt that six youths–Masood Ahmad Mir, Arif Ahmad Dar, Adil Hussain Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, Menat Rashid and Hilal Ahmad Sheikh, all residents of Deva-colony Janglatmandi of old town Anantnag—had been charged with stone pelting in 2010 under FIR No. 81 registered with the police station Kokernag.

However, a court of judicial magistrate 1st class at Vailoo had on 14 November 2014 acquitted them.

But, the youths said, the police have listed them among those who have been granted amnesty for being first time offenders and have called them along with their parents for the counselling session to be held at the Dak Banglow in Khanabal on Thursday.

"Police in Anantnag as well as Kokernag police station asked us to apply for amnesty and made us to sign the undertaking even though we showed them the judgment copy of the acquittal," said one of the youths.

A copy of the judgment, which Greater Kashmir accessed, reads:

"I have heard from the learned prosecuting officer as well as the counsel for the accused. It reveals that out of the witnesses shown in a calendar not even a single witness was produced by the prosecution to bring home guilt of the accused. Therefore, the case of prosecution is dismissed as not proved and the accused are acquitted." 

The youths said the police had called them and their parents several times, insisting on attending the counselling session.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last month announced the amnesty for the first-time offenders and subsequently police started preparing the list.

In the first instance, those charged in a single FIR only have been included in the amnesty list.

In Anantnag district, about 150 youth have been granted amnesty, sources said.

Asked why these youths have been called for counseling when they had been acquitted by a court, director general of police SP Vaid said, "They are our children and there is nothing wrong in talking to them."

For the counseling session, the district administration has also issued an order asking various government departments and some private agencies and organisations to participate in the seminar and generate awareness among the public.

The departments thus informed are district industries centre, Anantnag; ITI, Anantnag, departments of agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, sericulture, sheep husbandry, handicrafts and handloom; EDI, DUDA, NRLM, Lead Bank Anantnag, UDAAN, LIC, Bajaj Alliance Insurance Co, ILFS; telecom giants Airtel, Aircel and JIO and car manufacturers Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki.

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