JAMMU: J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that it was responsibility of Jammu and Kashmir Police to end militancy in Kashmir and hoped that the State would come out of challenges and troubles soon even as she called upon the cops to differentiate between stone pelters and elderly citizens saying the innocent people shouldn’t be harassed.
Addressing Attestation-cum-Passing-Out Parade of 947 recruits at Police Training Centre (PTC) in Kathua Wednesday morning, Mehbooba regretted that some youths, who should have books and laptops in their hands, have been handed over stones and said it was duty of the police to understand the situation and bring such youths out of the morass. “There is militancy in Kashmir. You have to end it. But it won’t end unless you go into the reasons…until you understand the situation. There is need to see to the situation. Police can understand this and help control the situation,” she said. Referring to the return of some youths back home after leaving the militancy, Mehbooba said: “Jammu and Kashmir Police needs to take the role of parenting and counseling to bring back more youths into mainstream. Some teenagers have to be treated like children so that they shun the wrong approach and build their careers”. She said militancy cannot be wiped out by killing militants alone, adding that a more “humane approach” was needed to tackle the problem. “You have to eliminate militancy in Kashmir. But militancy cannot be wiped out by killing militants alone,” she added and maintained: “we need to understand the reason and the real problem behind militancy”. It may be mentioned here that highest number of 200 militants have been killed in Kashmir this year.
Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir State was facing number of challenges, which were not faced by other States, the Chief Minister said she had recently urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to increase their share of ex-gratia compensations for the martyrs of State police personnel. “I have urged the Centre to increase ex-gratia of J&K Police martyrs at par with Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). On our part, we have increased the Government share,” she disclosed. Recently, out of four Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) announced by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for Jammu and Kashmir, one of them pertained to bring compensation paid to Jammu and Kashmir Police martyrs at par with CAPFs, which come out around Rs 40 lakh. Presently, the families of JKP martyrs were getting around Rs 22 lakh only.
Withdrawal of cases
In a major decision of far reaching impact, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti approved the withdrawal of cases against 4327 youth involved in 744 cases of law and order nature. This followed the recommendation of a high powered committee headed by Director General of Police which submitted its report to her today.
“The DGP has been asked to regularly monitor the progress in the matter and furnish back a fortnightly report in this regard”, according to communication from the Home Department to the DGP sent late this evening. Today’s decision marks the revival of process of withdrawal of cases started by Mehbooba last year immediately after taking over.
She had started the process of review of cases against youth from 2008 to 2014 and in the first instance 104 cases involving 634 youth were withdrawn within two months of her assuming power. The process, unfortunately, got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest for later part of the last year.
With this, the total number of cases withdrawn so far on the directions of the Chief Minister has gone up to 848 and the persons benefitting out of these withdrawals stood at 4957.