Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday ordered that cases filed against 4,327 local people for pelting stones at security forces be withdrawn, PTI reported. The cases were filed between 2008 and 2014.
The chief minister’s decision came after a recommendation by a panel led by Director General of Police SP Vaid. He has been instructed to regularly monitor the progress of the government’s decision and submit reports every fortnight, Greater Kashmir reported.
Two months after assuming power in 2016, Mufti had withdrawn 104 cases, filed between 2008 and 2014, against 634 local youths. However, the process stalled because of continued unrest in the state. “Today’s decision marks the revival of [the] process of withdrawal of cases started by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last year  immediately after taking over,” an unidentified spokesperson was quoted as saying.
The chief minister has also asked a high-powered committee to review cases from 2015 till date. The panel is yet to submit its report.