February 2003 News

3,744 civilians missing in J&K: State Govt

26 February 2003
The Hindustan Times
Agence France-Presse

Jammu: A total of 3,744 people, many of them teenagers, are unaccounted for in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government said on Wednesday. Officials are studying how many of them crossed the Line of Control (LoC) to join terrorism, Abdul Rehman Veeri, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, told the state assembly here. Last July, a similar report to the state assembly found that 3,184 people had been registered missing between January 1990 and June 2002. Police believe many of the missing are being trained by terrorist groups in  Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The largest number of missing people, 833, was reported in Baramulla district which lies along the LoC. The only of J&K's 14 districts which had not reported any cases of missing people was Ladakh, which is predominantly Buddhist.


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