J&K: 2,000 corpses unearthed from unmarked graves, probe on

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New Delhi, Aug 22: Around 2,000 unidentified dead bodies have been found buried in several unmarked graves in Kashmir. Following this, the State Human Rights Commission's investigative wing have called for a probe by an impartial agency in all disappearance cases in the state.

The inquiry report, conducted by a 11-member team under the supervision of SSP B A Yatoo of the SHRC's investigative wing, suggested that DNA profiling should be carried out on the bodies for matching with the kins of the missing persons.

"At 38 places visited in north Kashmir, there were 2,156 unidentified dead bodies buried in unmarked graves," an inquiry report by the Indian government's Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (J&KSHRC) said.

Nearly 50,000 people have been killed, mainly in Muslim Kashmir since a revolt against New Delhi's rule began in 1989. On Saturday, Indian soldiers shot dead 12 separatist militants trying to cross from Pakistan into the disputed region.

The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons claimed that around 10,000 people went missing during nearly two decades of separatist revolt. They fear many missing people may have ended up in these unmarked graves.

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