By Sheikh Mushtaq
NEW DELHI, Aug 21 (Reuters) - More than 2,000 corpses have
been found buried in several unmarked graves in Indian Kashmir,
believed to be victims of the divided region's separatist
revolt, a government human rights commission said in a report.
The graves were found in dozens of villages near the Line of
Control, the military line dividing Kashmir between India and
"At 38 places visited in north Kashmir, there were 2,156
unidentified dead bodies buried in unmarked graves," the inquiry
report by the Indian government's Jammu and Kashmir State Human
Rights Commission (J&KSHRC) said.
The report, released on Saturday, comes after a three-year
inquiry by an 11-member team led by a senior police official.
Nearly 50,000 people have been killed in mainly Muslim
Kashmir since a revolt against New Delhi's rule began in 1989.
On Saturday, Indian soldier shot dead 12 separatist militants
trying to cross from Pakistan into the disputed
Indian security forces in Kashmir have been accused of
murdering innocent civilians in staged gun battles and passing
them off as separatist militants to earn rewards and promotions.
Indian authorities have consistently denied systematic human
rights violations in Kashmir and say they probe all such reports
and punish the guilty.
The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP),
which estimates around 10,000 people went missing during nearly
two decades of separatist revolt, says many missing people may
have ended up in these unmarked graves.
"We appeal to International human rights groups and Indian
authorities to identify the people buried," said Parveena
Ahanger, founder and chairperson of the APDP.
International human rights groups have also repeatedly asked
the Indian authorities to investigate the unmarked graves.
(Reporting by Sheikh Mushtaq; Editing by Rajesh Kumar Singh and