In a latest addition to the thousands of unmarked graves exposed in Kashmir, Voice of Victims– a non-political organization has claimed that there are more than 60 unmarked graves in Srinagar and Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir- a disputed region on India and Pakistan border.
The group has started its survey from Chadoora tehsil of Budgam and civil lines areas of Srinagar. It says number of unmarked graves have been identified recently. The areas, given by the group, in which the graves have been found are Nowgam, Wanabal, Shankerpora, Kenihama Chokpora, Kanipora Chokpora, Wagoora, Pahroo, Humhama, Barzulla and Chanapora.
“…now Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Kashmir are continuously demanding DNA tests for those who are buried in those unmarked graves as they can answer themselves rightly and could get rid from the dilemma that they are facing and that has affected them so badly that they are not in position to stand up in the society,” the brief report reads.
The group, in its report, says that it is hard and difficult to tell who is inside these unmarked graves but one thing is certain that they were not air dropped. “We believe that forced disappeared persons have been killed by the Indian armed forces and we demand international organizations to pressurize India for immediate DNA tests of those who are buried in those unmarked graves,” the report, accompanied with photographs, said.
The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, who recently released a thorough report “alleged perpetrators” – documenting the torture, killing and rapes committed by the Indian forces and local police in Kashmir, has appreciated the documentation of the group.
“So far we have produced prima-facie evidence of 6217 unmarked graves and mass graves in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir. State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has already begun endorsing our finding, but government doesn’t want to take these findings to the level of investigations and prosecutions, which is the only way the mystery about the identity of these people buried in unmarked graves can be resolved,” said noted Human Rights activist, Khurram Parvez.
“Also we appreciate other groups also feeling concerned about this issue and contributing by presenting their documentation,” added Parvez, who is also Program Coordinator of APDP.