338 Held In Past Month, 242 Released On Bail

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Amnesty Granted To 1811 In Unrest Cases: Govt

SRINAGAR: Even as the police claimed that 242 of the 338 persons detained over the past month had been released, the chief minister on Monday said that the state government had granted amnesty to 1811 persons involved in stone-pelting in 2010 and 2011.

In a written reply in the assembly, the chief minister said that amnesty would not be extended to those involved in arson and damage to property.

He was responding to a question from independent MLA from Langate, En Abdul Rasheed.

“The government has decided to take a lenient view of those involved in stone-pelting for the first time and also those who are not involved in various cases,” he said.

Those coming under the amnesty scheme would not face difficulty in verification for passports or in applying for jobs or loans for education and employment, he said.

Meanwhile, the state police said that 338 persons had been arrested in the Kashmir Valley over the past month, out of whom 242 had been released on bail, while 96 were either in police or judicial custody.

“Seventy-three persons were arrested in the South Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipur, and Anantnag, out of whom 52 have been released on bail while 21 are in custody,” a police spokesman said.

“In the North Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Handwara and Bandipur 158 persons were detained out of which 130 persons have been released only 28 are in custody,” he said

“In the Central Kashmir districts of Srinagar, Gandarbal, and Budgam 107 persons were arrested out of which 60 have been released and 47 are under custody,” he said.

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