6 disappear in custody in Kashmir during Guv's rule: APDP

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Srinagar, Sep 28 (UNI) As many as six people have disappeared after their arrest by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, alleged Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has alleged.

A spokesman of the APDP, an association formed by the relatives of about eight thousand people who were allegedly subjected to enforced disappearance in the state during the two-decade turmoil, said six people have disappeared in the past three months.

Seeking the intervention from the International Human Rights organisations, he said since the imposition of Governor's Rule in the state, six people had been reportedly subjected to Enforced Involuntary disappearance (EID).

The persons who disappeared were identified as Khalid-ul-Haq and Shafiq Ahmad of Rajouri in Jammu region, Abdul Khalique Sheikh of Beeru in the central Kashmir, Mubarak Ahmad Rather of Ajas Bandipore, Zahoor Ahmad of Poshwari Machil and Tariq Ahmad in north Kashmir.

Spokesman said involuntary or enforced disappearances were continuing in the state even after the imposition of Governor's Rule.

The spokesman said it was during the rule of National Conference between 1996 to 2002 that nearly 4000 people were subjected to EID while in PDP and Congress coalition rule, 175 and 111 people were subjected to EID respectively.

He said the new developments were taking place like the beginning of cross LoC trade, but it was unfortunate that the Central and the state governments had kept mum on the grave issue.

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