37 ‘disappeared’ appear at home, 16 join militancy
13 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: The police found at least little less than half of the alleged 84 disappeared persons claimed by Association of Disappeared Persons at their homes. An official spokesman today said that the police have investigated all the claims of disappearances during Mufti government, made out by the Association. Of these, 37 ‘disappeared’ were found at their respective homes and the charge of their disappearances appears to be highly motivated. The spokesman said that names and addresses of at least 10 persons indicated in the list of ‘disappeared’, do not exist in the villages mentioned in the list. The spokesman said that 16 of the ‘disappeared’ had joined militant ranks, 5 of them were killed in terrorist related incidents. In 7 other cases, the local police have taken cognizance and registered cases for investigation. Fourteen other ‘disappeared’ found to be missing from their homes, investigation of them is in progress. One of them is missing since 1992 and only 4 of them are claimed to have been taken away by the security forces, said spokesman. The spokesman said that those ‘disappeared’ appeared at their homes are Mohd. Shafi Gujjar, Tariq Ahmed Lone, Mohd Maqbool Shah, Mohd. Sultan Wani, Ismail, Qasim, Alif Din, Atta Mohd., Reyaz Ahmed, Zahoor Ahmed Sheikh, Arshad Ahmed Sheikh, Mohd. Ishaq Sheikh, Ghulam Hassan Malla, Mohd. Afzal Malla, Aijaz Ahmed Dar, Afroz Iqbal Shah, Javid Ahmed, Bashir Ahmed Wani, Mohd. Shafi Wani, Zahoor Ahmed Shah, Bilal Ahmed Beigh, Bahaar Din, Imtiaz, Dildar Hussain, Showket Ahmed, Irshad Ahmed Pir, Tariq Ahmed Lone, Nasser Ahmed Dar, Aijaz Ahmed Ganai, Alias Ahmed Mir, Mohd. Muzaffar Iqbal, Wasim Raja, Mohd. Yousuf Broo, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar, Sharjeel Ahmed Dar, Javed Ahmed Patloo and Gulzar Ahmed. The spokesman said the ‘disappeared’ who had joined militant ranks are Mohd. Ishaq Lone, Bilal Ahmed, Qasim, Bashir Ahmed Sheikh and Ghulam Mohd. Wani (all killed in different encounters), Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Jehangir Wali Malla, Shaheen Ahmed, Aijaz Ahmed, Shabir Waza, Mohd. Hanief Lone, Mohd. Hussain Sheikh, Tariq Ahmed Sheikh, Abdul Majid Sehe, Ghulam Ahmed Wani and Imam Akhtar.