Stone-pelters should be shot dead, says BJP MP

BJP MP, DP Vats

Bhiwani, June 11: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Dr. D.P. Vats said that instead of cases being withdrawn against stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir, they should be shot dead.

“I read about the withdrawal of cases against stone-pelters but I think those pelting stones should be shot dead”, ANI quoted Vats as saying on Saturday.

The BJP leader made this remark, nearly two days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation in the state, announced that all stone-pelting cases against children in the valley will be withdrawn.

Addressing at the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Conclave in Srinagar, Rajnath said, “When I was in Delhi, I met Afshan Ashiq (Kashmiri Footballer) and she told me that she had been a part of stone pelting incidents earlier, but ever since she got into sports, her life was turned around.

“Sports can bring a change in your lives. Children can be misguided easily but we know the truth that is why we have withdrawn all stone-pelting cases against them”, Singh added.

It is to be noted, that Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government had approved the withdrawal of cases against the first offenders of stone pelting in February this year.

State agricultural minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, on the behalf of Minister for Home informed: “that the government has approved the withdrawal of cases registered against first-time offenders during the period 2008-2017, on the basis of recommendations of the committee constituted by the government”.

These cases include 61 FIRs involving 530 persons of Shopian. Hanjura also informed that 4,066 FIRs have been registered against 14,208 stone pelters during the last three years in Jammu and Kashmir.

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