Over 17 thousand arrested in Kashmir for stone throwing in last 3 years: GOI

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Srinagar: The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that over seventeen thousand persons were arrested for stone throwing in Jammu and Kashmir in last three years.

Responding to a question by Shiv Sena’s Anil Desai, MoS Home G Krishan Reddy said that “pursuant to the Government policy of zero tolerance towards (militancy), the State Government has taken stringent action to deal with stone pelting, including identification and arrest of stone throwers and instigators of such acts under relevant laws.”

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He said in 2016, 2653 persons were arrested for stone pelting while 2838 and 3797 persons were arrested for stone pelting in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

He said the Government has also constituted a Joint Monitoring Committee involving all concerned agencies at the central level and a Multi Disciplinary Terror Monitoring Group (TMG) at the State level for sustained action against militancy funding. “This has, inter-alia, resulted in a significant decline in the incidents of stone pelting in 2019 so far, compared to the number of incidents during the corresponding period last year,” Reddy added.