MHA Advises Govt To Consider Releasing First Time Offenders

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New Delhi—The Government of India’s has announced releasing first-time offenders involved in recent law and order situations and withdraw cases against them and has also given orders for increasing compensation for cops slain during counter-insurgency operations and allotting more power during winter to the state.

“The misguided youth in J&K who became first time offenders in the recent law and order situations because of prevailing circumstances need a chance to rebuild their career and participate in job opportunities rather than being labelled as criminals for their entire life,” reads the MHA missive to the state government.

“Considering this human aspect, MHA has advised the State Government of J&K to consider releasing first time offenders involved in recent Law and Order situations and withdraw cases against them,” the order says.

Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel have been in the forefront of anti-terrorist activities along with the Central Armed Police Forces, it says.

“There has been a demand to make their Ex-gratia relief at par with CAPF. GoI has decided to step up its share of Ex-Gratia relief so that the Ex-Gratia relief to JKP personnel will now be enhanced and made at par with CAPF personnel.”

“It will now be Rs 30 Lakhs in cases where death occurs in course of performing duties attributed to act of violence by terrorists, anti social elements etc. Rs 18 Lakhs will be given from the State Budget of J&K and additional Rs 12 Lakhs will be reimbursed by MHA,” the order says.

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