2016 Killings: Hurriyat- JKCCS Give Contradictory Figures

Srinagar: While the proper documentation about the exact number of killings in Kashmir continues to remain challenging task especially after the eruption of armed rebellion in 1990s, there is another major difference found in two reports documenting the numbers of killings in the year 2016.

Though, it is widely accepted that it would be tiresome to document the exact number of victims of conflict since 1947 or 1990, alone for the year 2016, major differences are found in the two reports of the two organisations enough to question their way of working and conducting research on the ground.

Few days ago Human Rights Division (HRD) of Hurriyat (M) released a Human rights report of 2016 in which it said the total number of killings in 2016 are 389- which includes civilians, militants, and security forces. Of them, 151 were civilians, 80 security forces personnel, and 158 militants, the report says.

On Saturday another report “Human Rights Review -2016”, released by Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), said the total number of killings in 2016 is 383-in which 145 are civilians, 138 are militants and 100 are state and Indian armed personal.

There Hurriyat (M) report says 151 civilians were killed, while the JKCCS report puts the number at 145.

Similarly, according to Hurriyat (M), the number of security forces personnel killed is 80 and militants 158, there is a major variation in the JKCCS report which puts the number of security forces personnel killed at 100 and number of militants 138.

Talking to KNS over phone noted human rights activist and Programme Coordinator JKCCS Khurram Parvez said they follow the proper methodology during documentation.

“We have even included those army men or para-military force personnel who committed suicide. I don’t know anything about the Hurriyat (M) report. But as far as our report is concerned we can prove everything in detail and on the ground,” he said.

Asked there is a major difference in the number of killings of militants, civilians and armed forces, he said, “That is what I am telling. We go to the field, conduct ground work, and crosscheck before we compile the report. We did find some repetition in some cases of killings, but after proper methodology we have come up with the exact number,” he said.

Talking to KNS, Manan Bukhari who heads the Human Rights Division of Hurriyat (M) said, “I have my own calculation. I am sure our report is perfect,” he said. (KNS)


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