The Omar Abdullah government has booked a 16-year-old boy for attempt to murder and hurling petrol bombs on the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
Described as a “notorious stone-pelter” by the police, he has been sent to police remand instead of the juvenile home, sparking chain reaction from the human rights groups in the valley.
A class IX pass-out, the boy has been booked under section 307 (attempt to murder), 285 (dealing with fire or any combustible matter that endangers human life) and 336 (doing any act which endangers human life) of the Ranbir Penal Code.
The police said the accused was presented before the court of sub-registrar Srinagar which remanded him to police custody for not being a minor. “As per the records of the J&K Board of School Education, the date of birth of the accused is June 6, 1996,” he said.
“He was granted bail by the court in a case registered in Shaheed Gunj police station. But the police rearrested him in another case that is registered in the Kral Khud police station. He is a minor (contrary to what the police is saying),” said Babar Qadri, counsel for the accused boy.
The incident has sparked anger with rights groups who have accused the police of subverting the process of justice. “Why are they giving partial details in the court? Why don’t they inform the courts of all the FIRs registered against the accused? They are subverting the process of justice and provisions of bail,” said Khurram Parvez, programme coordinator J&K Coalition of Civil Society.