September 1st, 2011
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Hurriyat seeks Anna’s help

unmarked graves in kashmirKashmir: The Hurriyat conference has requested Anna Hazare to launch a movement in Kashmir against the government demanding the truth behind the unmarked graves discovered in North Kashmir.“Indian civil society has failed people in Kashmir time and again. We now pin our hopes on Hazare and want him to launch a struggle akin to the battle for the Jan Lokpal Bill to unravel the truth behind unmarked graves,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairperson of moderate Hurriyat.

“We plan to send a formal letter to Hazare and seek his help”, he added. Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat Conference will hold a special meeting of the executive council to discuss the matter threadbare.

An inquiry report by the senior superintendent of police Jammu & Kashmir State Human Rights Commission Bashir Ahmad Yatoo states they have detected 2,156 unidentified bodies buried in 38 graveyards across five districts of north Kashmir. This excludes 574 bodies that were buried as unidentified but were later identified to be those of locals.

The inquiry has also found 18 mass graves in which more than one body was buried. Twenty charred bodies and five bodies comprising only skulls were also found. Mirwaiz pointed out that 9,000 people who went missing from the custody of security forces have not been traced so far. The Kashmiris have demanded an impartial probe by an international agency.




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