BJP wants stone pelters to be rehabilitated

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2014 21:00 IST

The leader of the BJP's unit in Kashmir, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, has urged the state government to rehabilitate people pelting stones during protests.

In an interaction with a group of citizens, he said the central government was keen to rehabilitate them.

The police has registered 1,733 cases of stone pelting, rioting and waging war against the state involving 9,166 people since 2009.

The government has withdrawn 230 cases involving 1,811 people and has recently made a proposal to grant amnesty to 7,000 stone pelters.

In a statement, youngsters who were booked by the police for pelting stones said they were compelled to resort to such activities because of the "anti-people" policies of the Omar Abdullah government.

Bhat said the government should initiate a process of recruiting these stone pelters in the state police as was done in Khanyar.

The DGP recently said granting amnesty to stone pelters had positive results.

"The process of reviewing cases to withdraw cases is a continuous one and there is a need to counsel youth and their parents", he added.

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