Disappearances – a mystery unsolved in Jammu and Kashmir – thousands of people of the state have gone missing from the custody of police and security forces during past 20 years.
Government neither is declaring them dead nor have initiated any inquiry to know whereabouts of these people, parents of whom are still having the hope that some day their dear ones will be back.
No survey has been done so far to know the actual number of disappeared persons – the data of government is changing with the passage of time but the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) believes that there are more than 8000 persons who have disappeared through these 20 years of turmoil in the state from the custody of police or paramilitary forces.
Every month APDP assembles in Srinagar to protest against the unkind attitude of government to enquire about persons missing.
Talking to HT, APDP president Khurram Parvez said, “Government is not ready to probe that how many persons have disappeared so far, who have forces them to disappear and how many have died and no commission has been set up investigate the whole episode. The present government has out rightly said that there is no need to form any commission to probe disappearances which shows how concerned the government is.”
There are people still hoping that they will see their loved ones one day and are living only with this hope but the situation and atmosphere doesn’t seems suitable for them. Neither government is declaring the missing persons dead nor is probing where they have gone.
Many people died with only one wish to see their children. Mugli of Habbakadal Srinagar is one of them who became a part of APDP to know whereabouts of his son Nazir Ahmed Teli.
There is another example of Sheikh Ghulam Hassan of Ghat, Doda who died with a wish to see his son Irshad Ahmed who went missing in 1990 but never came back.
According to official figures of present government which contradicts the figures of previous government is that total of 3429 persons have gone missing from their homes while 110 persons disappeared after arrest in the state from 1990 to July 2009.
Of the missing persons, 2,367 persons belong to Jammu and 1,062 persons from Kashmir zone.
Despite that government is not ready to investigate where they have gone. No one knows what the fate of disappeared persons is and what will happen to their parents who every month assemble to register protest.
Parvez said, “The answer lies with government and they have to put end this search. They should make it clear to the parents of disappeared persons whether their sons have been killed or lying behind bars some where."