Srinagar, Oct 9: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Tuesday accused the Government of giving contradictory statements on the number of missing persons in Jammu and Kashmir.
The State Government had stated in a written reply in the Legislative Assembly that only 2305 persons were missing in the State since 1990.
"This statement is yet another addition in the contradictory statements issued by the successive governments regarding enforced disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir," said Khuram Pervez, program coordinator of the APDP in a statement.
Elaborating Pervez said on July 18, 2002 the then Home Minister of National Conference government, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy had acknowledged that 3184 persons had gone missing since 1989.
"Similarly on June 11, 2003, the Peoples' Democratic Party led government admitted 3744 persons are missing in the State since 1989. Later on June 21 2003 the Government stated that 3931 persons were missing. In March 2006, contradicting the earlier figures again, the then Chief Minster, Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that 693 cases of disappearances have been registered," Pervez said.
He said on May 2, 2008, the then NC president Omar Abdullah stated during a press conference that 4000 persons had disappeared.
"This statement came when Omar Abdullah was in the opposition. After assuming the office of the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on August 17, 2009, informed the State Legislature that 3429 persons had gone missing between 1990 to July 2009. On March 23 2010, the Omar Abdullah government informed the State Legislative Assembly that 1105 persons have disappeared during the turmoil in the State since 1989. The statement was not supported by any substantive information regarding any missing persons having been found," he said.
"Based on the contradictory statements furnished by Government in the State Legislative Assembly for last 10 years, it appears that Government has consistently contradicted itself," he said.
"The incumbent Government clearly appears irresponsible as it has contradicted itself at least thrice in the last four years without providing any explanation for the contradictions. These contradictory statements are also a reflection of how insensitive government is towards the plight of the family members of the disappeared," he said.
He said in the latest statement the government claims that only in 182 out of 2305 cases of disappearance FIRs have been registered.
"It is expected of any responsible government to explain these contradictions and make public the process by which they arrived at the differing figures. So far government has been reluctant in making public the details of the disappeared persons. Now that the government has come up with a latest figure of the disappeared persons, it is incumbent on it to make public the full details of these 2305 disappeared persons" It added.