APDP for independent probe into enforced disappearances

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Srinagar: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Saturday demanded probe by an independent commission into the enforced disappearances in the Valley.
“Why is Government shying away from constituting an independent commission to probe the whereabouts of our loved ones who disappeared in custody of various security agencies during past two decades in the Valley,” said APDP chairperson Parveena Ahangar during a sit-in at Pratap Park here.
Holding placards and banners, scores of women and children had assembled in the Park to seek whereabouts of their beloved.
Unfazed by the photo clicks and hustle and bustle in the Lal Chowk, 12-year old Shazia Shah firmly held the photograph of her father, Syed Zaman Shah a carpenter who went missing 10 years ago after he left his Fateh Kadal residence.
Efforts by Shah’s family to locate his whereabouts in security camps and police stations proved futile.
“My mother and my grandmother visited every place but they could not find Abu. Now I have also joined my family’s struggle to locate Abu’s whereabouts,” says Shazia, a student.
Shazia is determined to locate her father’s whereabouts. “One day my Abu will come… I will wait for him,” she said with moist eyes.
Shah’s wife Naseema said on the fateful day he as usual left for work. “Since then over a decade has passed but he has not returned. I don’t know whether he is dead or alive…” she said and broke down.
Hailing from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Shah’s family is putting up in a rented accommodation in Fateh kadal here. “After my husband’s disappearance, our relatives left us alone. No one helped us in our search,” Naseema said.
In 2008, the hapless family approached the Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar who had directed the police to lodge a missing report.
In compliance with the Court directions, the ADGP CID Kashmir in his report has stated that a missing report was lodged in Police Post Bona Mohalla Fateh Kadal on February 11, 2008.
The CID in its report had given a clean chit to Shah that he was not involved in any subversive activities.

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