The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in Jammu and Kashmir to consider withdrawing cases against first-time offenders involved in stone-pelting incidents, sources say. It’s said that the Centre is keen on announcing the amnesty scheme for stone-pelters in the Kashmir Valley on the suggestion of its special representative Dineshwar Sharma, and reportedly, over 4,500 cases against the youth involved are likely to be dropped. The cases are part of 11,500 cases registered since July 2016.Jammu and Kashmir went through a phase of stone-pelting, for almost four months, after the killing of Hizbul Mujahidin militant commander Burhan Wani in July last year.Officers from the army too seem to have a positive view on proposal. Taking the suggestion of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma forward, over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win hearts in the Kashmir Valley, officials said. “My attempt was to change the narrative in the state to peace and for that I need support of youths and students,” Sharma said.A senior officer told that granting amnesty to the youth would be a good step and that the modalities could be worked out as per the policies framed by the MHA.
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