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Unmarked graves: Set up judicial panel, say interlocutors

chandigarh Updated: May 25, 2012 18:17 IST

Interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir have recommended a judicial commission to look into the best procedures for identification of bodies buried in "unmarked graves" in the state. Besides, the interlocutors have in their report suggested setting up a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) where those guilty of human rights abuses, including militants, could ask for forgiveness from the families of their victims.

They have also suggested reforms as an "important requirement" to revive judicial institutions of the state which have suffered the most "severe casualties".

The report, which was made public on Thursday, quoted former prime minister and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee's remark that 'Jammu aur Kashmir ko insaniyat ke daire mein dekhna hai' (look at Jammu and Kashmir within the ambit of humanity) and suggested a slew of measures to improve the ground situation in the state.

"The State Human Rights Commission has recommended DNA testing to identify the bodies that are buried in unmarked graves, and the chief minister has promised to implement this recommendation. Identification, however, is not a simple matter that DNA testing will solve.

"As stated above, a large number of the bodies buried in these graves are of militants, some of whom crossed over from Jammu and Kashmir and others who were natives of Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir and even of Pakistan proper," the report said.

Citing the "extremely complicated" relationship between the Pakistani authorities and the armed groups that have sanctuary there, the report said it will not be easy for the government of Pakistan to cooperate by providing the DNA of the families of missing persons or militants from across the Line of Control (LoC).

"In the interim, the group recommends that a judicial commission be set up to establish and supervise the best procedures for identification of the bodies buried in the unmarked graves," the interlocutors said.