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J&K not Cambodia or Nazi Germany, says J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah

Abdullah defended security forces in Assembly, saying they should not be condemned just because some unmarked graves have been discovered.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Sep 28, 2011, 03.11 AM IST
SRINAGAR: J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah defended the security forces in the state Assembly, saying they should not be condemned just because some unmarked graves have been discovered.

Reiterating that recommendations made by the State Human Rights Commission investigating the issue would be implemented, he said a disinformation campaign had been unleashed to give an impression Kashmir was like Cambodia or Nazi Germany.

"Families having their persons missing should lodge an FIR with our human right cell and deposit their DNA samples," Abdullah said, winding up an intense debate in the House, in the absence of principal opposition PDP. "The families would have to help us, indicating in which graveyard they suspect their member could be buried so that we will do the needful." Abdullah said the government did not want to suppress the truth but it cannot be established overnight either.

Reprimanding his party-men for 'mixing up issues' and 'creating problems' by generating a wrong impression, Abdullah said the graves pertained to 1990-2006 and there were no mass graves. He made a particular reference to Kafil-ur-Rehman, a lawmaker from Karnah, who said there were scores of skeletons in a 1000-ft deep gorge in his area and people have seen vultures around.

"You better go and inform SHRC," an angry Abdullah told Rehman, when the latter tried to explain his utterances. Rehman had actually meant the division of Kashmir that led to thousands of deaths in his area in 1965 and later.

"Let me make it clear there are no mass graves. There are graves carrying a body each, though in a few, there is more than one body buried as per the Islamic rites." He said people living in rural areas too avoid tomb stones after burying the dead and some unmarked graves could belong to this category.

He referred to Poonch where 2,500 graves were reported. Police records suggest security forces have killed 2,136 militants in that area, of whom 2,090 were foreigners.

"They are buried there but they are foreign militants," He referred to the recent instance in Gurez where seven of 14 militants, whose names are not known, were buried. Militants from Russia, Chechnya, Sudan, Pakistan and other countries have been killed in encounters and their graves exist here.

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