Unmarked Mass Graves: HC admits plea for DNA test

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Srinagar: The State High Court on Friday admitted a petition seeking directions to the government for conducting DNA test of the bodies lying in unmarked graves.
A Bench of Justice Hasnain Masoodi while admitting the petition for final hearing asked the government to file the counter to it within two weeks.
The court admitted the petition filed by Zahoor Ahmad Mir, through his counsel Syed Babar Qadri, seeking directions for taking necessary steps for conducting DNA profiling of all the bodies in unnamed graves so that the body of his father can be identified and recovered.
The High Court on October 12 last year had issued notice to the government to file reply within two weeks to the petition seeking directions to the respondents regarding the matter of DNA profiling.
On February 8, the Court issued another notice to the Government to file reply within two weeks to the petition.
Seeking direction also for a compensation of Rs 5 crore for the victim family, Syed Babar Qadri has made a plea that late Ali Muhammad Mir, father of the petitioner, a resident of Braine Nishat was innocent and was killed by pro-Government gunman Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari and his associates.
Mir was allegedly kidnapped by the accused on June 26, 1996 around 10 am after he left his home to purchase medicines for his ailing father Rajab Mir.
He did not return home and the incident triggered massive protests in Nishat area and later in 2007 an FIR was lodged against the accused with police station Nishat.

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