Jammu youth stand against PDP-BJP for withdrawal of FIR on stone pelters


Protesting against the decision of Jammu and Kashmir State Government to withdraw the cases against stone pelters in Kashmir, some youth and student organisations of Jammu have warned the PDP-BJP government in the state that if over 4500 stone pelters would set free, youth of Jammu will come to the streets.

Jammu Joint Students Federation (JJSF), Yuva Rajput Sabha and Dogra Front were the organisations which took to the streets in winter capital Jammu today against the decision of the state government.

It is worth mentioning here that BJP-led Centre Government asked J&K government to withdraw cases against youths found involved in stone pelting for the first time, following the same Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said her government has started withdrawing the cases.

After the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July 2016, thousands of cases were registered against stone-pelters across the Kashmir Valley. Earlier also, several cases were registered in connection with stone pelting. Of these, 4,500 cases were registered against those who were found involved in stone pelting or other incidents for the first time.

Mehbooba said the government has started withdrawing such cases and tweeted, "It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders of stone pelting. My government had initiated the process in May 2016 but it was unfortunately stalled due to the unrest later that year."

The decision to withdraw these cases comes on the recommendation of Dineshwar Sharma, Centre's special representative or interlocutor for talks over Kashmir issue.
Vikram Singh, provincial president of JJSF today led a protest at Science College in Jammu City and condemned the government's decision on withdrawing of stone pelting cases. Meanwhile, Dogra Front leader, Ashok Gupta also warned state government not to take such decision, which will down the morale of security forces serving in Kashmir.

Earlier, Yuva Rajput Sabha (YRS) has also registered its protest against the move of the state government of releasing stone pelters in Kashmir.
"Why to release those, who raised pro-Pak slogans and Pak flags and IS flags in Kashmir and protested against India and Indian army," said JJSF leader Vikram Chib and said that the BJP when in opposition talked against these stone pelters and now releasing them is shameful.

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