Two years after J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had announced “general amnesty” to stone throwers, his father and NC chief Farooq Abdullah raked up the issue again on Thursday.
The government is planning to grant amnesty to the hundreds of youths against whom cases of stone throwing have been registered at various police stations in the Valley.
After Omar failed to keep his promise, Farooq Abdullah has sought general amnesty for stone throwers or other protesters. Sources in the government confirmed to The Indian Express that Omar is likely to announce this decision in the coming days.
“Not only will amnesty will be granted to youths involved in stone throwing, but some other announcements will also be made by the government in the next few days,’’ a top NC leader close to the chief minister said.
On Thursday, Farooq Abdullah said he met youths involved in stone throwing incidents, and they had requested amnesty.
“They (youths) told me that cases against them should be withdrawn and we should give them some sort of relief or amnesty,’’ he told the reporters at the party headquarters.
Hundreds of youths involved in stone pelting incidents are at present in police custody and many them are also on the run after they have been been booked under the Public Safety Act.
Coordinator J&K Coalition of Civil Society Khuram Parvez said, “From 2008, cases have been filed against 10,000 youths for taking part in protests or stone throwing. In the past many years, these youths have been brutalised or humiliated, but Omar was least bothered about their welfare. Now after the electoral debacle he is trying to take corrective steps so that he can retain power for the next term.’’