63 youths ‘falsely’ accused of stone pelting want amnesty

A group of youths from Khrew, Pulwama, who have been charged with stone throwing and other offences, on Tuesday asked the government that cases against them should be withdrawn.
63 youths ‘falsely’ accused of stone pelting want amnesty
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A group of youths from Khrew, Pulwama, who have been charged with stone throwing and other offences, on Tuesday asked the government that cases against them should be withdrawn.

On 24 November 2017, the government announced cases against first-time stone pelters would be reviewed and withdrawn.

About 55 youths from Shar-i-Shali, Khrew, Pulwama, told Greater Kashmir that they also fall in the category of 'first time stone pelters' and their cases should also be withdrawn.

"A case was registered in police Chowki Khrew in 2010 against 63 local youth on the allegations of stone pelting. The other accusations include the offences unlawful assembly, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy," said Murawat Hussain Yatoo, who has done in masters in literature.

He added that all the youth were falsely implicated in the case. Besides, he said, most of the accused were at their homes when the stone throwing incident occurred in Khrew.

"In 2010, I was 20 years old and now I am 27. The case is under trial at the sessions court Pulwama. Most of the youth named in the FIR are highly qualified and have no criminal background or any cases registered against them except this FIR 144/2010," said Haroon Rashid, another youth who is a graduate and a diploma holder in electronic.

Shahid Kamal, a postgraduate, said the youths named in the case were trying to seek an appointment with the director general of police SP Vaid so that they could hand him an application seeking amnesty.

"We have heard good things about the DGP. So we decided to personally call on him and submit a written application. We are hopeful for the appointment and patient hearing," he added.

The youths appealed to the Chief Minister and DGP to personally look into the matter.

Earlier, New Delhi had said that the Union home ministry has cleared a proposal submitted by the state government to give amnesty to first-time offenders in stone-pelting cases and that the gesture is aimed at giving a push to the ongoing peace process in the state.

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