Over 9000 Booked For Anti-State Activities Since 2009

Over 9000 Booked For Anti-State Activities Since 2009

19 February 2014
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Jammu: Over 9000 persons in Kashmir have been booked by police for ‘indulging in anti-State activities’ including stone pelting on forces since 2009, the State Government told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. In his written response to a question by Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also Minister in-charge Home, informed the House that police registered 1733 cases against 9166 persons in nine districts of Kashmir from 2009 to January 2014. The charges leveled against the persons included stone pelting, waging war against the State and rioting. The reply said at least 3175 persons were charged with the anti-State activities in Srinagar under 738 different cases during the period. In Pulwama, 127 cases were registered against 1176 persons during the same period while as 940 youth were charged with the anti-State activities under 191 cases in Anantnag (Islamabad). In Baramulla, Bandipora and Kulgam, police registered 867, 127 and 751 cases against 867, 779, and 751 youth respectively. Similarly, 709, 420 and 349 persons were charged with the anti-State activities in Shopian, Kulgam and Ganderbal under 107 different cases. In August 2011, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had announced general amnesty to Kashmiri youth who were booked under anti-State activities following agitations against the government for three consecutive years beginning 2008. More than 200 youth were killed in action by police and paramilitary CRPF to curb the unrest during the three years. In response to another question, the Government said pursuant to the general amnesty scheme, at least 228 cases involving 1811 persons-youth have been withdrawn by the Government and two cases were under examination. However the government said there was no proposal under consideration to grant amnesty to militants or people involved in heinous crimes.