Army’s Major General, ADGP, ex-DIG among 972 alleged perpetrators

Srinagar: A human rights group today released a report that documents the extra-judicial killings of 1080 people and enforced disappearances of 172, besides identifying 972 alleged perpetrators, including soldiers, paramilitary personnel and the Jammu and Kashmir policemen. The report also estimates the presence of armed forces personnel between 6.5 to 7.5 lakh across Jammu and Kashmir.

Prepared over two years, the 804 page report titled “Structures of Violence” containing pictures, graphics, charts and tables, was released by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Jammu and Kashmir (IPTK), and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) at a hotel here this afternoon.

The report identifies the “structures, forms and tactics of violence” of the Indian state in Jammu and Kashmir. The report documents the extra-judicial killings of 1080 persons and enforced disappearances of 172 and numerous cases of torture and sexual violence.

“There are 333 detailed case studies in this report with 972 identified alleged perpetrators including 464 soldiers, 161 paramilitary personnel and  158 Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel and 189 government gunmen,” reads the statement issued by IPTK/ APDP.

Among the alleged perpetrators are an Army Major General, 7 Brigadiers, 31 Colonels, 4 Lieutenant Colonels, 115 Majors and 40 Captains.

IPTK conveners Gautam Navlakha, Advocate Parvez Imroz, Zahir-ud-din, Kartik Murukutla, and Khurram Parvez, who have researched, wrote and documented the report, were also present on this occasion.

This is the second report to be released by the IPTK/APDP in the last three years. In December, 2012, the rights group released a 352 page report titled “Alleged Perpetrators- Stories of impunity in Jammu and Kashmir” that examined 124 killings, 65 disappearances, 59 cases of torture and nine rapes allegedly committed by government forces from 1990 to 2011.

The group had identified 500 alleged perpetrators in the report including 245 Army, personnel, 123 paramilitary men, 111 personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police, and 31 government backed militants/ Ikhwanis. The rights group had submitted copies of report to the then Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.