JAMMU, Jan 27: A total of 281 persons including terrorists, anti-social elements and Hurriyat leaders were booked for offences against the State during the period of unrest in Kashmir valley. However, neither investigation in any of 35 cases has been concluded till date nor challan presented in the court of law.
This was disclosed by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who is also Minister Incharge Home Department, in reply to the question of BJP MLA from Ramnagar, Ranbir Singh Pathania in the Legislative Assembly today.
Asked about the offences against State committed from 2016 till now (the period of unrest in Kashmir valley), the Chief Minister said, “a total of 35 cases were registered for offences against State—under Section 121 RPC to 130 RPC”, adding “these FIRs have been registered against a total of 281 persons including terrorists, anti-social elements and Hurriyat leaders”.
She disclosed that three FIRs have been lodged in Srinagar district, one in Budgam, two in Baramulla, nine in Handwara Police District, three in Anantnag, four in Doda district, six in Kishtwar district, seven in Ramban district and one in Jammu district.
However, all these cases are still under investigation as such challan could not be presented in the court of law against the accused persons, who otherwise have been established in majority of these cases.
Barring two cases relating to terrorist attacks in Uri and Nagrota, which are being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the investigation in all other cases is being conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. However, the written reply of the Chief Minister doesn’t contain information vis-a-vis reasons behind delay in completion of investigation especially in those cases where accused have already been identified.
About the detention orders passed in the last one decade and the number of orders quashed by the courts, the Chief Minister said that during the period between 2007 and 2016 a total of 2403 detention orders were passed of which 1392 were quashed by the courts.
“There can be variety of reasons including technical grounds for quashment of detention orders depending on merits/facts and circumstances of each individual case as well as the relevant statutory provisions”, Mehbooba Mufti said.
She further said, “further, in a number of cases the Government also disapproves detention orders passed by the District Magistrates if they are not found in conformity with the provisions of the relevant laws”.