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Enforced Disappearances in J and K

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) demands a thorough probe into the large number of enforced disappearances in the hands of the security forces in Kashmir. What is shocking is the manner in which these enforced disappearances are passed off as encounter killings of “foreign militants” and identification is harrowing as bodies are buried far away from where the person was picked up and the subsequent torture and brutality have effectively disfigured the dead.

However, the recent media coverage of five cases of exhumation in Jammu and Kashmir has rubbished the official statistics regarding custodial killings, enforced disappearances and those who went missing. Last month the chief minister stated that there had been 111 cases of custodial killings between 1996 and 2006 (83 between 1996 and 2002, 24 between 2003 and 2005 and only four in 2006). Equally, the official figures for those who went missing (including enforced disappearances and also those who voluntarily went missing) dropped from 3,931 in June 2003 to 1,093 in December 2006 to only 700 as on February 16, 2007. From the above, it would suggest that all is well in the state of J and K. Unfortunately that is not so, as the recent cases of exhumation suggest or the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) figures for enforced disappearances, which stand at a staggering number of anything between 8,000 and 10,000.

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