Conflict & Justice

Kashmir leader calls for probe of unmarked graves


Indian army soldier carry a coffin containing the body of a army officer during a wreath laying ceremony after in Srinagar on August 21, 2011. An Indian army lieutenant and a dozen suspected militants were killed on August 20 in a clash along the de facto border that splits Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the army said. The fighting erupted in the northern Gurez district when a group of "heavily-armed militants tried to infiltrate" Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani zone of the divided Muslim-majority territory, said an Indian army spokesman."



Following a state human rights commission report that found some 2,000 unidentified bodies buried in 38 sites in north Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said there was a need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to find out what happened in the last 21 years, Press Trust of India reports.

Omar said the issue of unmarked graves will be raised at the Unified Headquarters meeting today

"To make an immediate comment on it will not be appropriate for me. We also want to know as to who all are buried in those graves," he said, according to the news agency.