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After the Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights Commission, the state police has disclosed that it has registered 2,683 FIRs about unidentified bodies in unmarked graves in three districts of north Kashmir. This number is 500 more than the figure given by the state human rights commission. The disclosure was made in response to an RTI application filed by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian Administered Kashmir (IPTK). “These are damning disclosures,” Khuram Parvez of IPTK said.
“This shows how the state has been sitting on this information for many years, and trying to obfuscate the truth.” The J&K Police has said that of the 2,683 FIRs, the largest number – 492 – were registered at Handwara police station. This was followed by Kupwara (396), Trehgam (326), Lalpora (298) and Vilgam (155). All these police stations are in Kupwara district. In Baramulla district, 110 FIRs have been registered in Sopore police station, and 103 in Baramulla.