In Kashmir, killing ebbs, but killers roam free

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  1. ajtr

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    In Kashmir, killing ebbs, but killers roam free

    Gardiner Harris, The New York Times

    Boniyar: After decades of war, Kashmir is blooming again. Hotels are bursting, roads are being fixed and offices rebuilt. But with the guns silenced, India must soon decide whether justice will be as welcome as the tourists.

    Mass murderers walk the streets openly, having killed thousands of people who are buried in unmarked graves in scores of secret cemeteries. This beautiful village has one such graveyard. Nine years after Indian police officers and troops deposited hundreds of bullet-ridden corpses here as part of their campaign to suppress an independence movement supported by Pakistan, dirt mounds still rise above the shallow and unmarked plots as if the circumstances of the deaths left the earth above the bodies unsettled.

    Atta Mohamad Raja Khan, the 70-year-old farmer who dug the graves, said one plot
    contained the remains of a 2-year-old boy. Others held teenagers and dowagers. Mr. Khan's graveyard quickly filled, so he buried only a fraction of the tens of thousands killed over more than 20 years of dirty warfare.

    Many of the buried were militants, including foreign mercenaries whose deaths and quick burials are often accepted as the wages of war. But myriad innocent bystanders were murdered in clumsy government plots. None of the suspected killers from the military has been arrested.

    Tensions still lie just below the surface. On Monday, a fire in a revered Sufi Muslim shrine in Srinagar, Kashmir's capital, set off clashes between the police and rock-throwing Muslim protesters. Six people were hurt after the police fired tear gas. But so far the fire has not led to wider unrest.

    Jumma Khan, 45, was one of the bystanders massacred. A blacksmith's apprentice, he lived in a mud house on a mountainside in the Anantnag district with his wife and 11 children far from any road. At 2 a.m. on March 24, 2000, soldiers broke down his door and dragged Mr. Jumma Khan away. Just four days earlier, more than a dozen gunmen dressed in fatigues had systematically massacred 34 men and boys in a nearby district, and the military was under pressure to find the killers.

    Jumma Khan's oldest child, Abdul Rashid, said his father had been targeted because he was poor and had a beard, which made him look like a militant.

    "They told my mother, 'Don't worry, he'll be back in a half-hour,' " Mr. Rashid recalled in an interview on the mountainside near his home. She nonetheless threw herself on her husband, and the soldiers beat her, he said.

    Later that morning, Mr. Rashid discovered that three other men in the area had been similarly taken.

    The next day and miles away, Zahoor Ahmad Dalal, 22, drove home after working all day in the family's fabric shop. He had dinner at 6 p.m. and left for his customary walk 30 minutes later. He did not return. The family fanned out to find him but never did.

    The military soon announced that it had found five foreign militants responsible for the recent massacre hiding in an Anantnag hut. During the battle, the hut was burned and the militants killed, the military said. The charred bodies were buried without autopsies.

    After the announcement, Mr. Rashid feared the worst, he said. His village organized a protest march to demand that they see those arrested, but the police shot and killed seven of the protesters - including Mr. Rashid's younger brother. Local outrage grew. Facing a growing revolt, officials allowed families to unearth the bodies of the alleged militants.

    Families recognized the dead immediately. In a bungled attempt to hide the victims' identities, soldiers had forced each to don military fatigues but had neglected to remove the victims' old clothing, still visible under the burned fatigues. Genetic tests eventually confirmed their identities. There were no foreign militants.

    An investigation by India's elite Central Bureau of Investigation charged five soldiers with murder. The Supreme Court has ordered the army to decide by the end of July whether to court-martial those involved or allow a civilian trial.

    Mr. Rashid said he was not optimistic that the perpetrators would ever be brought to justice. Twelve years have already passed. "We are like worms to them," he said. "We will be crushed under their shoes and die."

    Rifat Andrabi said much the same thing. She and her husband, Jalil Andrabi, a prominent Kashmiri human rights lawyer, were driving throgh Srinagar in 1996 when they were stopped at a military roadblock.

    Instead of simply checking the Andrabis' identity papers, Mrs. Andrabi said, Maj. Avtar Singh took Mr. Andrabi into custody. Mrs. Andrabi, also a lawyer and the mother of three young children, panicked. Unable to drive, she hired a motorized rickshaw to follow. But the rickshaw could not keep up, and she returned home.

    Mr. Andrabi's mutilated body was found three weeks later in a burlap bag on the banks of the Jhelum River.

    Mrs. Andrabi and her husband's brother, Arshad Andrabi, have spent 16 years seeking justice against Mr. Singh and others. In the meantime, military and government authorities failed to carry out court orders to arrest Mr. Singh. When he was found to be in the United States, they declined to seek his extradition.

    On June 9, Mr. Singh shot and killed his wife and two of their children in their California home before apparently committing suicide.

    Mrs. Andrabi said that her three children - then 2, 3 and 6 - waited every afternoon for their father to return from work, unable to understand what his death meant.

    "Every time they heard a honk at the gate or a knock on the door, they would go running and shout, 'Papa is back!' " Mrs. Andrabi said through tears. "We have gone through hell, but we will not stop."

    The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission released a report in October confirming the existence of 2,156 unmarked graves in 38 cemeteries in just three state districts. The commission recommended that state officials use genetic tests to identify the bodies, and create a commission to investigate and prosecute those responsible. Under Indian law, the state must respond within a month. Nine months have passed, and there has been no state response.

    Top army officials have publicly insisted that the military's immunity from prosecution in Kashmir, enshrined in law, is sacrosanct. And allowing even a few cases to go forward could expose many to danger, rights activists say.

    Mr. Khan, the gravedigger in Boniyar, described an almost industrial body disposal process. An official usually visited a day or two before the bodies arrived to tell him the precise number of graves needed so that he could start digging. The bodies arrived by truck from far-flung areas, so many were involved, he said.

    Parveena Ahangar, the chairwoman of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons in Jammu and Kashmir, said her group had documented hundreds of cases in which officials spirited away people who have never been seen since. In her small office, she has stacks of pink files with pictures and witness statements. The names, ranks and units of soldiers and police officers accused of perpetrating the crimes are sprinkled throughout the documents.

    Ms. Ahangar says she knows the identity of the three officers who took away her 16-year-old son, Javid, on Aug. 18, 1990. She has filed repeated court petitions to have the officers punished, but nothing has happened. Military officials have offered her money to drop her petitions but she has refused such deals just as she has refused to accept that Javid is almost certainly dead, she said.
     
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    Irrespective of you posting n-number of sob stories. NOTE: No land will be given for any type of moronic islamic shameless kaliffat! Even if it means killing all the terrorists in the broad daylight!

    You wanna live in peace then live and be thankful to us or fcuk off to Islamic land of the pure called shameless beggar nation of pakistan!
     
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    You forgot to mention Terrorist sympathizers. They don't deserve any mercy either. Indian Army is not there on picnic, these morons are themselves responsible for their mysery. These "cultured people" (like the author of the article) have miserably failed in assesing the general mood of Indians. They never had to loose a limb or family member for the country after all.
     
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    trackwhack Tihar Jail Banned

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    In my opinion, we have not killed enough yet. We need to clear POK too. Wont be long, dont worry.
     
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    this story can be equally applicable for Baluchistan, Sindh, Karachi, NWFP, Dir, Khost, SWAT and Pakhtoonkhaw. First take care of that rather than lamenting about Kashmir.
     
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    Further proof of NDTV being a terrorist propaganda machine.
     
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    Try doing it and every muslim dominated state/village /town/locality will turn into pakistan
     
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    Paki worried more about Kashmir when dozens are killed daily in Drone attack. Talk about misplaced priorities.
     
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    Yes we have seen in Karachi , SWAT, Balochistan how capable Pakistani army is .
     
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    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    Ha Ha Ha... old nasty concept and illusion that Pakistan is guarantor of the freedom of Muslims in India. Old bloody illusory thought that India will be captured by continued Jihad ?? What kind of veteran are you ?? Veteran in Jihad ??
     
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    ^^ This is a reproduction of an NYT article

    And just to remind you we all would appreciate, if you make posts which don't vitiate the atmosphere and are something more than rants. I am sure with your level of education, you can come up with well argued, substantial, thought provoking posts. We don't have to agree, but atleast make people anti-thetical to you appreciate you and your intellect, no ?
     
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    No body wants to go and live in shameless beggar pakistan, so they will not turn into one, because if they do then they will be packed to ur land of the pure......Just Imagine 10-15 crore hardcore Muhajirs spread across evenly in every shameless pakistani city, wow the view would be delightful! ;)
     
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    Which Pakistan? The one desired by Sindhies, Baluchies, Pathans, Pakhtoons or Pakjabies ? Have a life, dear ! No one in India would like be a Muhazir !!

    What you say was desired by Bangladeshies and look what happens to them? Stop being a Seikh Chilli ....
     
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    Whenever I hear too much noise, I am reasonably certain it is an empty vessel.
     
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    Nobody cares about Kashmir, nobody cares about Pakistan. Pakistan is a curse word, Pakistani is an abuse, please don't use it so often.
     
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    Nobody cares about Kashmiri separatists, nobody cares about Pakistan. Pakistan is a curse word, Pakistani is an abuse, please don't use it so often. We will keep killing them when and where needed, those whose opinion matters will silently ignore it.
     
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    In reality these mass graves of Kashmiri panditis which include woman, children and elderly men killed on gun point by Pakistani backed Islamic terrorists..

    There are many graves like these through out Kashmir..
     
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    Bigger problem is how shameless Indian Govt. is that it allows Indian Media that runs propaganda for their enemy.
     
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    And watch how carefully NYTIMES didn't have a comment section in that news because they knew their falsehood will be taken care of in comments section. So they carefully ommited it. Land of freedom of speech indeed.
     
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    I wonder why Indian Army buries terrorists, that is a wastage of time and money. Cannot we use their body parts for better purpose? Like we can extract their organs while they are still alive, one terrorist can give life to several people waiting for organ transplant. Just shoot them, and while they are still alive, cut them open, take whatever is needed and ship the parts to the nearest hospital, we can save valuable Indian lives. Their body fat can be used as lubricant, bone as manure, each and every bit and pice can be used. Those parts which cannot be used can be sold to chicken farms as feed and export the meat back to Pakistan at subsidized rate. I will call it flourishing Indo-Pak trade.
     
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