Rights panel denies claim over graves

A section in media had recently reported that SHRC had admitted to the presence of unmarked graves containing over 2,000 bodies at 38 sites in north Kashmir and that it had called for probe by an impartial agency in all disappearance cases in the state.

In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the secretary of the SHRC has said: “An impression has been created by the print media that the commission has given its recommendation or final report to the government with regard to the matter titled unmarked graves in North Kashmir but the same is pending disposal before the commission.”

He further added that the impression given was not correct. The matter was listed for hearing before the Division Bench of the commission on August 10.

The commission had directed for issuance of copy of inquiry report submitted by the SSP of the investigation wing of the commission to the parties for filing their rejoinder or further responses.”

Next hearing
He added that the next date of hearing in the matter has been fixed before the Division Bench of Justice Syed Bashir-ud-Din, chairperson of SHRC and Javid Ahmad Kawoos, member of the commission on September 16.

 “It is being brought to the notice of the public at large that the said case is still pending adjudication before the commission. As yet no final finding/ recommendation/report has been issued or endorsed by the commission to the government,” the SHRC secretary has maintained

“The commission is to make appropriate recommendations and suggest actions to the government once the matter is fully heard, considered and adjudicated by the commission in due course of law. This is to remove misconception on the subject,” he added .

Amnesty International has urged India to allow an impartial investigation of the unmarked graves in Kashmir. The human rights group said the investigation of graves in three regions also needs to be widened to include the whole of Jammu and Kashmir.

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