‘Misguided’ youth to be freed before Eid


Srinagar: Scores of Kashmiri youth languishing in jails for their involvement in 2008, 2009 and 2010 unrests and later incidents are being freed before Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival that will end the ongoing Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the first week of July.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Wednesday that Jammu and Kashmir Home Department has been asked to prepare a list of the youth whom she termed as “misguided” as they were involved in various cases of violence since 2008 and were subsequently booked under criminal charges by J&K Police.

 “My government will study these cases and we are contemplating an amnesty scheme for those youths who are willing to shun the path of violence and lead normal lives,” she said. She added, “Many of these youths who are languishing in jails will be set free before Eid and the remaining cases will also be considered on humanitarian grounds”.

 She said, “Unlike previous government, it is not our hobby to jail people but sometimes certain harsh steps are necessitated to prevent law and order problems.” The Chief Minister was replying to the discussion on demand for grants of the departments under her charge in the State Assembly.

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