APDP releases 'calendar' of disappeared persons

‘It is an effort to keep alive our past’

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 11 2017 12:45AM | Updated Date: Jan 11 2017 12:45AM
APDP releases 'calendar' of disappeared personsPhoto: Aman Farooq/GK

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Tuesday released  the calendar for 2017 depicting 12 cases of enforced disappearances terming it as an effort “to keep alive our past in the present.”

The calendar carries sketches and details of 12 persons who were subjected to enforced disappearance allegedly by various security agencies in Kashmir.

Shabir Ahmad is the first case which figures on January page of the calendar. 

“Indian Army’s 6 Rashtriya Rifles battalion picked up Shabir Ahmad Gasi from Bemina on January 22, 2000. A fruit vendor by profession, Shabir became a victim of enforced disappearance at an age of 23. And since then his wife Shameema and his children Bisma and Waseem are waiting for his return,” reads the description with Shabir’s sketch. 

In the calendar, each month has a photograph and story of one person who was subjected to enforced disappearances by allegedly by forces. 

It carries quotes and poetry of Yusuf Nama, from the Masnawi Yusuf Zulaikha by famous Kashmiri poet Mahmud Gami.

“13 Rashtriya Rifles, a Battalion of the Indian Army picked up Nazir Ahmad Deka from Lal Chowk Srinagar on February 16, 2006. A hawker by profession, Nazir Ahmad became a victim of enforced disappearance at an age of 26. At the time of his disappearance, his son was two months old,” reads the description on the second photograph.

For March 2017, the calendar carries a photograph and description of Manzoor Ahmad Wani of Chattabal here. The description reads that Wani was picked up from his home on March 29, 2003 by the forces. “A motor mechanic by profession, Dar became a victim of enforced disappearance at an age of 28. His father, Muhammad Shafi Wani, had approached the forces but they denied any information about the whereabouts,” reads the description.

 “20 Grenadier, an elite regiment of the Indian Army raided the house and picked up Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Dar from his home in Bagandar, Humhama on April 13, 1996. A farmer by profession, Dar became a victim of enforced disappearance at an age of 50. His wife Hajra and his 5 children are waiting for his return,” reads another description on the calendar. 

The calendar includes sketch and description of Muhammad Shafi Dar, a student, has appeared for May 2017 on the calendar. The description says that Khan of Tengpora Srinagar was allegedly picked up by 141 batallion of Border Security Force (BSF) and became a victim of enforced disappearance at an age of 17 on May 23, 1990.

“His mother and father desperately searched for him in army camps, detention centres, police stations and traced him to Hari Niwas, torture centre. That was the last they saw of him. Both of them died heart-broken, waiting for him to return,” it reads. 

Irfan Ahmad Khan (14), a student of 8th standard left his home in Safakadal on June 20, 1993 but never returned back to home. The calendar description says that “Khan was picked up by 20 Rashtriya Rifles and 7 JAT regiment of the Indian Army.” “Later, his father Habibullah Khan and sister Rubeena were implicated in a case involving “terrorist activities”,” it reads.