Hold DNA Tests In Unmarked Graves First: APDP

SRINAGAR: Countering the chief minister, the Association of the Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Thursday said that the government should first carry out DNA profiling in Kashmir’s unmarked graves and only then ask claimants to submit samples with the SHRC for matching and verification.

At a Press Club of India function in New Delhi recently, chief minister Omar Abdullah had said that no one had come forward in response to the government’s “offer” to the kin of disappeared persons to deposit their DNA samples for comparison with human remains in unmarked graves found in frontier areas in Kashmir and Jammu.

In a statement on Thursday, the APDP reminded the chief minister that the  “offer” by the government required the families of the disappeared to identify the graveyard and the particular grave in which they suspect their loved ones to be buried.

“This is a bizarre statement. How would the family members of the disappeared know whether their relatives are dead or alive and also if they are dead, where they have been buried?” the APDP asked, adding that it had already submitted 639 disappearance cases from Bandipur, Baramullla and Banihal to the SHRC for investigation and possible DNA tests.

“We had also said that the families of the victims were willing to cooperate for DNA tests,” it said.

“(With his statement), the chief minister has chosen to lie, and confuse the issue,” it said. 

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