Anna Gets A Call From Srinagar: Help Find Truth Behind Unmarked Graves31 August 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today asked Anna Hazare and his team of civil society activists to help prevent killings of innocent civilians in the Valley. “Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare has launched a battle against corruption, we hope that the flag-bearers of humanity and non-violence, the followers of Gandhiji, will raise their voice to prevent the killing of innocent civilians in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said to tens of thousands of people in his Eid address at Srinagar’s Eidgah. Mirwaiz’s appeal to Hazare comes after The Indian Express first reported that the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has confirmed the presence of 2,156 unidentified and unmarked graves at 38 locations in the three districts of north Kashmir. Mirwaiz expressed concern that the SHRC report was based on investigations in only three districts - “There are 24 districts in Jammu and Kashmir and only God knows how many people have been killed and buried in unmarked graves.” “Every day, the army and paramilitary forces have been claiming encounters but this (SHRC report) has put a question mark over all these encounters.” Mirwaiz called for an impartial inquiry into the graves. “The people of Kashmir demand DNA testing of all the bodies in these graves, and an impartial inquiry into the matter. The truth must be brought out,” he said. Mirwaiz also urged New Delhi to resume dialogue with Pakistan for the resolution of the Kashmir iss”e. “The participation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be ensured in these talks, and a permanent and acceptable solution should be found,” he said. Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressed a mammoth gathering in his native town of Sopore. Geelani appeared dramatically at the Eidgah after having given the slip to police and gone into hiding on Monday night. He warned the government of a massive people’s movement if it continued with “ts “repres”ive” measur”s. “The volcano is ready to er”pt,” Geelani said.