Srinagar: Notwithstanding its commitment made during Assembly elections in 2014, the PDP led state government is yet to offer the amnesty to all those stones pelters lodged in the jails during Omar Abdullah government.
As its poll plank to achieve the power, the PDP’s senior leaders including Muzaffer Hussain Baig, education Minister Naem Akther had assured the people during election campaigns across valley that all stone pelters booked under various charges will be set free once the PDP comes to power.
The KNS reports that scores of youth booked since 2010 are still hoping that the cases against them would be withdrawn by PDP as it promised to them during elections.
“It has been nearly a year the PDP has been in power, but there are no such steps taken by it in favour of the youth booked under various charges,” they said.
Shakir Ahmad Khan, a resident of Natipora who was booked in 2010 agitation and against whom several cases have been registered, said, “Due to the delay in providing general amnesty, the authorities have put our educational career at stake.”
He said that he including his classmates was proposed to go outside of the state to pursue higher education, adding, “The non-clearance of our cases forces us to stop our studies and our future is depending upon the authorities who assured us general amnesty.”
Khan was allegedly involved in stone pelting and was booked under FIR No. 204/2010 in September 2010. “We approached to concerned authorities but to no avail.”
Muhammad Ishfaq, another youth who was also booked during 2010 agitation under FIR no. 204/2010 in Chanapora police station said, “As per government claims, we were expecting that the new dispensation will definitely revoke all the cases against us at earliest but unfortunately nothing was done”.
Eight cases including 147, 148, 149, 332, 336, 346, 427 and 188 RPC has been registered against Ishaq by the state police.
The dejected youth said that they are forced to appear before court every month and have been asked by the magistrate to bring the other youth who were also booked at the same time in stone pelting, adding “I can’t identify the persons who were booked along with me how will I find them.”
They appealed government to offer them general amnesty on humanitarian grounds to save their career.
“We are pinning a hope on this government for the clearance of our cases, which are pending since last four years. We hope this government will clear our cases at earliest so that we can pursue our higher education without any obstacle.”
When contacted, General Secretary of PDP, Nizam-ud-din Bhat, said that they are committed to revoke the cases against the stone pelters. “We are on the way to revoke the case against them but the delay occurred due to some cases, which have been wrongly filed,” he said.
”Some of the youth here have been booked under criminal charges due to which delay occurred,” he said. He further stated that the promise made by PDP won’t prove hoax as they will fulfill their promises but the people of Kashmir have to be patient. (KNS)