JK Govt to perform DNA tests on 2,000 unnamed bodies

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Omar Abdullah
Srinagar, Sept 28: J&K CM Omar Abdullah on Tuesday, Sept 28 confirmed that the state government would start the process of exhuming and DNA profiling of 2000 unnamed bodies that lie in 38 graveyards.

"It shall not happen overnight, but we will follow the recommendations of the state human rights commission," the CM said. Around 2,000 unidentified dead bodies were found buried in several unmarked graves in Kashmir last month.

Following the discovery of these unidentified corpses, Abdullah earlier had sought the constitution of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe all the killings in the state since 1989. Abdullah said, "The Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be assigned the task to probe all the killings in the state. Whether the killings were carried out by militants or security forces, it needs to be probed."

According to the enquiry reports by Indian govt's Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission, around 2,156 unidentified dead bodies were buried in unmarked graves. Nearly 50,000 people have been killed, mainly in Muslim Kashmir since a revolt against New Delhi's rule began in 1989. 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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