Punjab Disappearances: Fake encounters, Bogus killings between 1980 and 1995 revealed

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New evidences of 8257 cases of disappearances, mass killing, fake encounters and illegal cremations in Punjab following of a 7 year investigation by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project. release of investigative report and People’s Tribunal findings to be petitioned to the Supreme Court of India.

The report was prepared in the month of April in Amritsar by the Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT), outfit of human rights organisations, wherein information was collected on extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances during the militancy era to the Supreme Court.

Issue of fake encounters between 1980 and 1995 and burning of 900 unidentified bodies during terrorism days of Punjab resurfaces in the reports lately.

The investigation report will be submitted to the supreme court of India to investigate and deliver justice to all victims of disappearances and killing across Punjab beginning with the 8257 cases.

In 7 years, the Punjab Advocacy and Documentation Project (PDP) examined the victims of fake encounters. In ITP, a panel of judges, lawyers and social workers heard the plight and testimony of 700 victims.

According to the report, the National Human Rights Building limited itself to 2067 killings which took place in three districts of Amritsar, however in the end the fake encounter was not detected by refusing to accept all the cases.

Head of Khalra Mission Organization Paramjit Kaur Khalra said that the untimely people will fulfill the responsibility of identifying the people.

Paramjit Kaur Khalra announced to move supreme court on fake encounters between 1980-1995. A tribunal should be made to listens to the victims said Khalra. Among the victims 90% were Sikhs she added.

Human Rights Activist said that the government is doing nothing in the case. The police had tortured people and kids were thrown out of the houses and killed. However no steps have been taken in the same.

The organisations in April came together to form the IPT to discuss – Punjab Disappeared: On extra judicial executions and enforced disappearances during days of terrorism’ for two days starting today.Family members of about 400 affected families from Gurdaspur district participated and narrated their cases.

Activists of Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP), Human Rights Law Network, Committee for Co-ordination on Disappearances in Punjab, Lawyers for Human Rights International, Punjab Human Rights Organistion, Khalra Mission Organisation, Sikhs for Human Rights and others took part in the deliberations in April.

-PTC News