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Over 2,600 cases of stone pelting in J&K till December 31, says govt

As many as 2,690 cases have been registered in connection with stone pelting incidents in Kashmir and 16 have been lodged for snatching of weapons till the end of last year, the state government said on Tuesday.

463 people were also detained under Public Safety Act out of whom 145 were released, with 318 still under detention as on December 29, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to MLA Engineer Abdul Rasheed in the state Assembly in Jammu on Tuesday.

The cases are under investigation, she said, adding that 76 people, besides 2 policemen, lost their lives during the unrest in Valley.

The killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani triggered violent protests and law and order disturbances in various parts of Kashmir valley.