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Over 11K stone pelters held in 2 years in J-K, 213 militants killed in 2017: Govt

Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti says 51 civilians died in 2017 and as many as 20 civilians died in 2016 in militancy-related incidents.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2018 18:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Jammu
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The Jammu and Kashmir government has granted amnesty to the first-time stone-pelters during the period between 2008 and 2017.(Reuters File Photo)

As many as 11,290 stone-pelters were arrested during the last two years in Jammu and Kashmir and later released on bail, the state assembly was told Thursday.

In a written reply to the question of BJP MLA Sat Sharma in the legislative assembly, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said: “3,773 FIRs have been registered against stone-pelters in the state during the last two years in which 11,290 people were arrested and later released on bail.”

She said with regard to the withdrawal of the cases against the stone-pelters, the government has granted amnesty to the first-time stone-pelters during the period between 2008 and 2017.

The amnesty is subject to the condition that the parents have to furnish an undertaking that the accused will not indulge in unlawful activities in future and will exhibit good conduct.

Referring to “weaning away” of local youth from anti-national activities and militancy, the chief minister said several steps had been taken, including surveillance on the social media that plays a major role in radicalisation of youth.

She said cricket tournaments were being organised under civic action programme to engage the youth.

The youth clubs have also been established at police station levels to facilitate them with information technology and indoor games to keep them away from the menace of terrorism, she added.

213 militants killed in 2017

The Jammu and Kashmir government today said that 213 militants were killed and 51 civilians died in militancy-related incidents last year.

In a written reply to a question of BJP’s Sat Sharma, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said 213 militants, including 127 foreign militants and 86 local militants, were killed in 2017 as compared to 150 militants, including 119 foreign militants and 31 local militants, in 2016.

Similarly, 51 civilians died in 2017 and as many as 20 civilians died in 2016 in militancy-related incidents, she said.

The government has taken a number of steps to check cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti said.

Meanwhile, in another written reply to a question of Sharma, Mufti told the assembly that 320 weapons, including 213 AK rifles, 101 pistols and revolvers, four RPGs, one each sniper rifle and 303 rifle were recovered in 2017.

As compared to this, 178 AK-47 rifles, 81 pistols and revolvers, 7 RPGs and two each sniper rifle and 303 rifle were recovered in 2016, she said.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 18:57 IST