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Nation insulted on Republic Day! 9000 stone pelters who attacked Indian Army and security personnel to be released?!

On the day when the entire Nation saluted the bravery, valour and courage of our soldiers and remember their supreme sacrifice to the Nation, here is a Chief Minister who has insulted them by releasing stone pelters who were involved in attacking the India army and the security forces in Kashmir.

Yes, the order to release the stone pelters was passed on January 24 grants amnesty to the stone pelters in the valley. The list includes some of those names who have been involved in creating violence and attacking many security personals. Among them many are serial offenders who have been arrested more than 3 times before. When the Mehbooba Mufti-led government was questioned, it was told that the advise came from the ministry of home affairs. This was indeed shocking and shameful if its true.

The note accessed by TimesNow said “It may be noted that the Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir had, in December said that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir had “constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir to review the cases registered against the youths/persons and examine the legal aspects of withdrawal/closure of such cases which are not heinous in nature”. Replying to a question in the Parliament, Ahir had said, “The government of J&K has issued an order saying- amnesty to serial stone pelters in the country. Stone pelters are to be set free on the advice of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Cases against over 9000 stone pelters will be withdrawn and will be back on the streets.” But however there is no confirmation whether request was made by the Home Ministry.

Immediately after the order was released there was tense situation in the valley and all internet services were blocked. Kashmir was returning to normal after the Indian army killed many terrorists since past one year and had arrested over 9000 stone pelters who were mainly responsible for causing violence in the valley every day. The NIA had also submitted reports which indicated that stone pelters were being paid by the terrorists of JeM and LeT to create unrest in the valley. The NIA also showed that separatists groups were working in tandem with terrorists.

With such inputs, releasing 9000 stone pelters is nothing but an illogical move taken by the JK government. It is definitely an insult to the armed forces who are risking their lives everyday to protect the nation from terrorists and infiltrators. What is the use of our armed forces sacrificing their lives protecting border while terrorists are being saved within the country. The JK government and the home ministry should cancel the order immediately and make sure the criminals are behind bars.


Aishwarya S

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