Srinagar, May 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) protested against the government-sponsored militia’s involvement in enforced disappearances of the civilians. Holding placards and banners displaying faces of two infamous men of the militia— Kupwara’s Rashid Khan and Sonawari’s Rashid Billa—during the monthly sit-in, the protesters tried to draw attention towards the atrocities committed by the government gunmen.
The protestors said Rashid Khan was responsible for extortion, torture, enforced disappearances, and killings in Kupwara while as Rashid Billa was involved in Sadrakoot massacre. Forty-five years old Raja Begum, mother of five girls, said her husband, Abdul Ahad War left for Srinagar from home at Pattan in 1999, but he never returned. “My search is on. We spend every day remembering him,” she said.
The Sadrakoot massacre victims’ relatives, who were a part of the protest, displayed a banner demanding punishment to the people responsible for the bloodshed that took place on October 5, 1996. The APDP members said they had identified most of the perpetrators of the enforced disappearances and killings.
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