January 20: Large-scale incidents of stone-pelting were witnessed in the Valley after the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on February 9, 2013, a police report reveals.
The scenes saw protesters targeting the vehicles of Jammu and Kashmir police and the security forces.
The confidential report, accessed by Mail Today, states that 501 incidents of stone-throwing have been reported since Guru’s hanging.
As many as 1,325 persons were arrested in connection with these incidents.
It further states that of the 1,325 stone-pelters arrested, 307 were students and 95 minors.
Almost all of them have been released, however.
Advocate Shafqat Hussain, who is pleading cases of stone-pelters in the J&K High Court, pointed out that the government had not released anyone, even though it claims of having the amnesty policy of 2011.
“All these persons, these minors, these students, have been released by courts. They have been bailed out,” he said.
Currently, Hussain said, there was no student or minor accused in stone-throwing cases in jail.
“But they are all facing trial. They regularly appear before courts. There is no amnesty for them,” he added.
Last year, north Kashmir’s Baramulla district saw 140 incidents of stone-pelting, which is the highest in all districts. Capital city Srinagar saw 85 incidents of stone-pelting in 2013, in which 322 persons, including 67 students and 27 minors, were arrested.
The report further states that six civilians were killed and 89 others injured in the stone-pelting incidents. However, the maximum injuries were suffered by the Jammu and Kashmir police personnel.
The report says 1,124 police personnel were injured after stone-throwers charged at police parties and police vehicles in different districts of the Valley.
(Nasir Ganai: Daily Mail UK)