APDP alleges bias in dealing with unmarked graves' issue

APDP alleges bias in dealing with unmarked graves' issue

It is in contrast with the manner in which issue of unmarked/mass graves has been dealt with in Jammu and Kashmir. APDP highlighted the issue in two successive reports in 2008 and 2009.

Stating that the Government acted swiftly after skulls and skeletons were found in a school in Manipur that housed security forces, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Wednesday said ‘such action is possible in Manipur and not in Jammu and Kashmir.’

“On 25 December 2014, 8 skulls and a number of skeletons were found at a High School premise in Manipur that had earlier housed Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force and local police. Within four days the Government of Manipur directed an investigation by CBI. Civil Society groups in Manipur raised a series of demands, including that a Special Commission of Inquiry must replace the CBI, as it is an agency with little credibility,” APDP spokesperson said in a statement. 

“It is in contrast with the manner in which issue of unmarked/mass graves has been dealt with in Jammu and Kashmir. APDP highlighted the issue in two successive reports in 2008 and 2009. European Parliament in a resolution urged Government of India to hold an investigation into unmarked/mass graves in J&K and the European Commission was called upon to offer financial and technical assistance to GoI. But nothing positive happened,” the spokesperson added.

“APDP has to date documented more than 7000 graves and an estimated 8000 enforced disappearances in J&K. In October 2011, SHRC recommended government that comprehensive forensic examinations including DNA tests be done, compensatory justice be given, prosecutions carried out and an ‘independent duly representative structured body’ be constituted to enquire into the issue of graves and disappeared persons but the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in September 2011 said that families would need to indicate in which graveyard their relatives may be buried and following this the government would do the needful,” APDP said. 

 “On one hand India seeks permanent membership of United Nations Security Council, on the other, refuses to even acknowledge human rights violations and basic principles of international law and justice,” the APDP spokesperson said.