SRINAGAR: The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Saturday protested against the government-sponsored militia’s involvement in enforced disappearances of the civilians.
Holding placards and banners displaying faces of two infamous men of the militia— Kupwara’s Rashid Khan and Sonawari’s Rashid Billa—during the monthly sit-in, the protesters tried to draw attention towards the atrocities committed by the government gunmen. They were demanding action against Khan and Billa.
The protestors said Rashid Khan was responsible for extortion, torture, enforced disappearances, and killings in Kupwara while as Rashid Billa was accused of involvement in Sadrakoot massacre.
Forty-five-year-old Raja Begum, mother of five girls, said her husband, Abdul Ahad War, for Srinagar from home at Pattan in 1999, but he never returned.
“My search is on. We spend every day remembering him,” she said. “The state actors are moving on with their lives with no sense of shame, guilt, or accountability.”
The Sadrakoot massacre victims’ relatives, who were a part of the protest, displayed a banner demanding punishment to the people responsible for the bloodshed that took place on October 5, 1996.
While blaming the Indian state for not taking action against the culprits, the APDP members said they have identified most of the perpetrators of the enforced disappearances and killings.