765 persons arrested in 190 cases of stone pelting since removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir

The Centre today informed that since the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 5th August 2019 till date, 765 persons have been arrested in 190 cases registered relating to stone pelting and law & order. From 1st January, 2019 to 4th August, 2019, 361 such cases were registered.

The Government has initiated multipronged policies to check the stone pelting menace and has succeeded in curbing it to the extent that a large number of troublemakers, instigators and mob mobilizers have been identified and various preventive measures have been taken against them which include detention under PSA and preventive arrests. Investigation has revealed that various separatist organisations and activists which are part of Hurriyat have been behind the incidents of stone pelting in Kashmir valley. NIA has chargesheeted 18 persons in the terror funding cases so far.

In a related question, the Government informed that 950 incidents of ceasefire violations along Line of Control from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir were reported during August, 2019 to October, 2019.

On the question of average attendance in Kashmir schools since August 5, the Government said that at present the attendance of students stands at 99.7% during the ongoing examinations. Initially the attendance of the students was thin which gradually picked up.

The Government also informed that it has not issued advisory for tourists in Jammu and Kashmir recently and that a total of  34,10,219 tourists, including 12,934 foreign tourists, visited Jammu & Kashmir during last 6 months and an income of Rs. 25.12 crore has been earned through tourism during this period.

These were stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy in written reply to questions in the Lok Sabha today.