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337 disappeared in Baramulla alone: APDP

Srinagar, July 29, 2007:

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Kashmir has come out with a list of disappeared persons from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in Indian administered Kashmir.

The Association says that 337 persons have been subjected to enforced disappearances during the last 17-years of armed insurgency against the Indian rule.

An APDP spokesman said that out of 337 disappeared 251 are civilians, 70 militants and 16 renegades and personnel of armed forces.

The Association came up with the list following the directions of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to furnish details about the missing.

According to the Association, the Divisional Commissioner in a one line letter dated July 7, 2007, No. Div Comm/Relief-Disap-P/ (1809)/07 sought the list of disappeared persons from the APDP.

However, the letter, according to APDP, neither clarified the motive of the government in collecting the data nor asked for anything beyond names of those who have gone into disappearance.

“APDP is as such making public the names of the persons disappeared from Varmul between 1989 and 2006,” said Ghulam Nabi Mir, an executive member of the Association.

It was reported that out of 337 persons subjected to enforced disappearance, 139 were married and their half widows were living hand to mouth. In majority of the cases even the FIRs have not been filed.

“Documentation of all the cases is a gigantic task and with the meager resources it isn’t easy for APDP to document cases in every district. As of now we are ready with list of cases from one district. Hopefully in the coming months we will make public the list of disappearance from other districts,” the APDP spokesman added.

Javid Ahmad Dar, a nine-year-old boy, was the youngest victim of enforced disappearance from Ladoora, Rohama and the oldest was a 74-year-old, Habibullah Ganie from Dangarpora.

The list consists of the manes of disappeared along with the agency suspected of involvement in the enforced disappearances.

“The question here is not of numbers, it is question of people. We have the list let the government answer where they are,” said Khurram Pervez, of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.

The APDP claims that around 10,000 people have been subjected to enforced disappearance in the region, with state forces allegedly responsible for most of the cases.

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