HC notice to J&K govt over DNA profiling of unmarked graves

Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 16:25

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court
has issued notice to the state government on a petition
seeking DNA profiling of those buried in unmarked graves in
the Valley.

Admitting the petition, a single-judge bench of Justice
Hasnain Masoodi on Friday issued notice to the state, seeking
its response within two weeks.

The High Court directed the petitioner Zahoor Ahmad Mir
to place on record the report of the State Human Rights
Commission (SHRC) on the issue.

Mir, son of a person who disappeared a decade ago, had
sought conducting of DNA profiling of all those buried in over
2,000 unmarked graves in north Kashmir`s Bandipora, Baramulla
and Kupwara districts to get it matched with that of their
relatives.

Seeking intervention of court over the issue, relatives
of the disappeared persons apprehended that their loved ones
might have been buried in the unmarked graves.

The investigation wing of the SHRC had last year admitted
existence of over 2,000 unmarked graves in the three districts
of north Kashmir and had recommended DNA profiling of the
deceased for establishing their identity.

The SHRC had adopted the report and forwarded it to the
state government for action, which included paying
compensation to relatives of the missing persons and bringing
to book the persons responsible for the innocent killings,
wherever proved.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 16:24

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