Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said the state government will review cases filed against protesters over the past four months as it cannot “fight everything with guns and jail’. She reiterated that local youths who have joined militancy should be “given an opportunity to return to normal life and provided an honourable livelihood”.
“We will review those cases where students and first-timers are found to be involved. We will talk to their parents and get their assurance that their wards will not participate in protests in future. We can’t go on arresting people. There should be a different and empathetic plan of action… We can’t fight everything with guns and jail,” Mehbooba said at a meeting of civic and police officials here.
She said steps should be taken to wean youths away “from the path of violence with compassion”. “Get in touch with their families. We should think about how and what kind of future they should have in a welfare society like ours where every citizen has equal rights,” the CM said.
She asked the civic and police administration to reach out to the families of those who died or suffered injuries in the ongoing unrest. The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan and DGP K Rajendra Kumar, among others.