J&K: Over 1,300 reported missing in last 20 yrs

The Jammu and Kashmir government said that 1,378 persons have been reported missing in the state during the last 20 years.

Updated: Oct 03, 2011, 19:52 PM IST

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government
on Monday said that 1,378 persons have been reported missing in
the state during the last 20 years.

"Missing reports have been in respect of 1,378 persons
on account of militancy during the last 20 years," state Home
Ministry, headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said in a
written reply in the Legislative Council.

However, local human rights activists have been claiming
that the number of missing persons in the state is around
10,000.

Of the 1,378 missing persons, south Kashmir`s Pulwama
district accounts for 275 missing persons followed by north
Kashmir`s Kupwara district (235) and Srinagar (225), it said.

North Kashmir`s Baramulla district has 195 cases of
missing people in the last 20 years while south Kashmir`s
Anantnag district has 121 such cases registered there, it
said.

Poonch district in Jammu province accounts for the
lowest number with three cases of missing persons registered
in last 20 years, the Ministry said in the reply.

It also said that ex-gratia relief has been sanctioned
in 740 cases, making up nearly 50 per cent of the total cases.

530 cases are under process for ex-gratia relief while
as 108 cases were rejected due to adverse report from the
police.

PTI