Rights advocacy group to seek inquiry into ‘fake’ encounters – The Hindu

Rights advocacy group to seek inquiry into ‘fake’ encounters

Family members of some missing persons from Punjab at a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday.Family members of some missing persons from Punjab at a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan

Claims to have details of “systematic killings by Punjab police, security services”

There is new evidence of 8,257 cases of enforced disappearances, mass killings, fake encounters and illegal cremations in Punjab during the height of militancy and counter-insurgency period, a rights advocacy group claimed here on Sunday.

In its report titled ‘Identifying the Unidentified’, the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) claimed to have collated details of “systematic killings by the Punjab police and security services” from 1980s to mid-1990s.

“Our preliminary findings have shown that more than 95% of these reported encounter killings were fake…meaning that these were extra-judicial executions,” the PDAP said.

The report claimed that 5,648 mass cremations of unclaimed and unidentified persons took place in Punjab during the period. It gave account of another 2,609 cases where identities of the victims are known.

Senior advocate and rights activist Colin Gonsalves said not a single policeman went to jail or got life imprisonment for “killing in cold blood of people in custody”. “State terror is the deadliest of terror. There is no media coverage, no court cases, no documentation,” Mr. Gonsalves said, adding that the findings will be submitted to the Supreme Court.

The report said “the perpetrators of these mass killings cremated the bodies of the victims as ‘lawaris lasha’ (unclaimed and unidentified) in an organised and systematic attempt to conceal and cover up their crimes”.

“Unlike the process of identification of other mass killings, there were no bodies to exhume, there were no bones, there is no DNA profiling…but compelling evidence of crimes from witness testimonies which match exactingly and corroborate available official records,” the PDAP said.

Extensive probe

The finding is a result of extensive seven years of investigation process by the PDAP in which it went over records of cremation ground and crematoria from over 20 districts of Punjab.

Satnam Singh Bain of the PDAP said in many cases the victims’ families were refused death certificates by the Punjab government. He said the government was under an obligation to disclose the name and identities of all persons missing and those killed by the police.

Tapan Bose, secretary general of South Asia Forum for Human Rights and documentary film-maker, said: “When the State fails to protect the life of its own citizen, it becomes a constitutional failure”.

The PDAP said a petition will be moved before the Supreme Court seeking the setting up of a high-level inquiry into the issue.

‘Identifying the Unidentified’ Press Coverage – December 2017

Our campaign has now officially commenced to submit our findings to the Supreme Court of India to investigate and deliver justice to all victims of disappearances and killing across Punjab commencing with these 8257 cases. The PDAP is pleased the matter has received positive coverage in the Indian media

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#CLAIMINGTHEUNCLAIMED

Please find below the details with the web links:

1. Times of India

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/ngo-for-cbi-probe-into-8257-going-missing-during-militancy-days/articleshow/61897940.cms

NGO for CBI probe into 8,257 going missing during militancy days

2. The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/rights-advocacy-group-to-seek-inquiry-into-fake-encounters/article21387382.ece

Rights advocacy group to seek inquiry into ‘fake’ encounters

3. The Tribune

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/have-evidence-of-extra-judicial-killings-claims-advocacy-group/507259.html

Have evidence of extra-judicial killings, claims advocacy group. Says over 8,000 people disappeared during militancy

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab-ngo/507078.html

Over 8K people disappeared during 1980 till 1995 in Punjab: NGO

4. Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/8-257-missing-because-of-illegal-killings-during-punjab-militancy-days-civil-rights-group/story-rjRUpa0yradiYUdfkQVBzO.html

8,257 missing because of illegal killings during Punjab militancy days: Civil rights group

The civil rights group claimed that 8,257 people are missing because of “illegal killings” during the militancy period in Punjab.

5. PTC News

6. News18

PDAP to move to SC to get justice for 8257 cases disappeared a…

Here is all about PDAP and Punjab Disappeared's mission of counting Punjab’s disappeared and dead during militancy. They now plan to knock Supreme Court's door to get justice for 8257 cases with a new report prepared from 2008-2017

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7. Business Standard

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab-117120200906_1.html

8. India Today

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab/1/1101957.html

9. Outlook

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab/1201119

10. New Indian Express

http://www.newindianexpress.com/pti-news/2017/dec/02/over-8k-people-disappeared-during-1980-till-1995-in-punjab-1716835.html

11. Sikh Siyasat News

Identifying the unidentified PDAP to release a report on enforced disappearances fake encounters in Punjab.

12. Roazana Pehredaar

http://epaper.dailypehredar.com/index.php?mod=1&pgnum=3&edcode=71&pagedate=2017-12-3&type=

13. Global Punjab TV

14. Kashmir Narrator

15. NYOOOZ

https://www.nyoooz.com/news/chandigarh/975727/ngo-for-cbi-probe-into-8257-going-missing-during-militancy-days/

16. wn.com

https://article.wn.com/view/2017/12/03/NGO_for_CBI_probe_into_8257_going_missing_during_militancy_d/

17. Babushahi

http://www.babushahi.com/full-news.php?id=66290&headline=%C2%A0Over-8000-persons-%E2%80%9Cdisappeared%E2%80%9D%C2%A0in-15-years%C2%A0in-Punjab,-NGO-to-move-Supreme-Court

18. Punjab Express

http://punjabexpress.com.au/have-evidence-of-extra-judicial-killings-claims-advocacy-group/

19. SeeLatestNews

Kashmir Narrator – “Advocacy group to move SC with ‘evidence’ of Punjab disappearances, fake encounters”

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Advocacy group to move SC with ‘evidence’ of Punjab disappearances, fake encountersThe Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) Saturday said it will approach the Supreme Court with “verifiable evidence” of over 8,000 extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Punjab during 1980-1995.The group, a part of The Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT), an outfit of human rights organisations, will also be asking the apex court to give a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to families of each of the persons who went missing, The Tribune reports.Addressing the media in Chandigarh , Justice Suresh (retired from the Bombay High Court); Satnam Singh Bains, human rights activist; Kavita Srivastava, national convener, Peoples Union for Civil Liberties; and Paramjit Kaur Khalra of Khalra Mission Organisation said they had collated compelling information of 8,257 cases of enforced disappearance and fake encounters, following a seven-year investigation.Their report “Indentifying the Unidentified” reveals unknown, unclaimed and unidentified mass cremations, which they claim is verifiable evidence of the killings by the Punjab Police and security services across Punjab.The initial investigation report was released by the group in Amritsar in April this year. A group of retired judges, lawyers and activists from across the country had then come and heard testimonies of 700 victim families. Their report also considers the recent failings of the National Human Rights Commission in the “Punjab mass cremations” case, based on the work of slain human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra.

Satnam Singh Bains, representing PDAP, claimed that they have identified and documented hundreds of victims who were allegedly “cremated as unclaimed unidentified” and killed in “fake encounters”.

“In our seven-year long investigation, we have identified 8,257 persons from different sources who disappeared from 1980 to 1995 in Punjab,” he claimed.

Bains said the records pertaining to “disappeared” people were collected by visiting villages, meeting victims’ family members and also from media reports.

“The latest report is a further step in the long struggle by people of Punjab for justice and accountability for victims and for their kin,” Bains said.

Retired Bombay High Court judge Justice Suresh, who was also present, said, “people disappeared. They (their families) have the right to know why they disappeared. They have the right to know why human right violations took place.”

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) national convener Kavita Srivastava, while speaking on the occasion, sought formation of a judicial commission under retired sitting judge of the Supreme Court to probe the “disappearance” of the people.

Bains said they will soon move to the Supreme Court with the findings of their report and demand detailed investigation in the matter.

Times of India – “NGO For CBI Probe Into 8,257 Going Missing During Militancy Days”

CHANDIGARH: A Punjab based non-government organization, Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) has decided to approach the Supreme Court seeking CBI probe into 8,257 missing persons and those allegedly encountered during the dark days of terrorism in Punjab.

Members of the PDAP, while addressing media here at Chandigarh Press Club on Saturday, said that the organization would request the apex court to hand over the probe to the CBI like it did in Manipur’s alleged extra-judicial killing by the armed forces in July this year.

The organization claims to have carried out a study over the past seven years in which “new evidence” related to 8,257 cases of alleged enforced disappearances and fake encounters between 1980 and 1995 had surfaced. The PDAP members also claimed that in their investigation it had come out that various mass cremations were done of unclaimed and unidentified people during this period.

The PDAP members said that they had prepared the report after an Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT) meetings held over two days in Amritsar in April this year. They claimed that a number of retired judicial officers, advocates and activists from across the country had come to Amritsar to hear to the testimonies of 700 victim families of militancy period. 

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The Kashmir Narrator – Advocacy group to move SC with ‘evidence’ of Punjab disappearances, fake encounters

Advocacy group to move SC with ‘evidence’ of Punjab disappearances, fake encountersThe Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) Saturday said it will approach the Supreme Court with “verifiable evidence” of over 8,000 extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances in Punjab during 1980-1995.The group, a part of The Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT), an outfit of human rights organisations, will also be asking the apex court to give a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to families of each of the persons who went missing, The Tribune reports.Addressing the media in Chandigarh , Justice Suresh (retired from the Bombay High Court); Satnam Singh Bains, human rights activist; Kavita Srivastava, national convener, Peoples Union for Civil Liberties; and Paramjit Kaur Khalra of Khalra Mission Organisation said they had collated compelling information of 8,257 cases of enforced disappearance and fake encounters, following a seven-year investigation.Their report “Indentifying the Unidentified” reveals unknown, unclaimed and unidentified mass cremations, which they claim is verifiable evidence of the killings by the Punjab Police and security services across Punjab.The initial investigation report was released by the group in Amritsar in April this year. A group of retired judges, lawyers and activists from across the country had then come and heard testimonies of 700 victim families. Their report also considers the recent failings of the National Human Rights Commission in the “Punjab mass cremations” case, based on the work of slain human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra.Satnam Singh Bains, representing PDAP, claimed that they have identified and documented hundreds of victims who were allegedly “cremated as unclaimed unidentified” and killed in “fake encounters”.

“In our seven-year long investigation, we have identified 8,257 persons from different sources who disappeared from 1980 to 1995 in Punjab,” he claimed.

Bains said the records pertaining to “disappeared” people were collected by visiting villages, meeting victims’ family members and also from media reports.

“The latest report is a further step in the long struggle by people of Punjab for justice and accountability for victims and for their kin,” Bains said.

Retired Bombay High Court judge Justice Suresh, who was also present, said, “people disappeared. They (their families) have the right to know why they disappeared. They have the right to know why human right violations took place.”

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) national convener Kavita Srivastava, while speaking on the occasion, sought formation of a judicial commission under retired sitting judge of the Supreme Court to probe the “disappearance” of the people.

Bains said they will soon move to the Supreme Court with the findings of their report and demand detailed investigation in the matter.

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The Hindustan Times – “8,257 missing because of illegal killings during Punjab militancy days: Civil rights group”

8,257 missing because of illegal killings during Punjab militancy days: Civil rights group

The civil rights group claimed that 8,257 people are missing because of “illegal killings” during the militancy period in Punjab.

HT Correspondent

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Justice H Suresh (retd) at a press meet held by Punjab Advocacy and Documentation Project in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Justice H Suresh (retd) at a press meet held by Punjab Advocacy and Documentation Project in Chandigarh on Saturday.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

Ahead of filing a petition in the Supreme Court, the Punjab Advocacy and Documentation Project (PADP) on Saturday released a report after a “seven-year investigation into mass killings and disappearances in Punjab in the 1980s and 1990s”. The civil rights group claimed that 8,257 people are missing because of “illegal killings” during the militancy period in Punjab.

Satnam Singh Bains, lawyer with the PADP, said, “The report exposes the systematic killings by police and security services during the period of militancy and counter-insurgency. It mandates an independent judicial inquiry into the 8,257 cases in line with constitutional guarantees and international human rights, so as to uncover the truth and ensure that there is no repetition of mass state crimes.”

He explained that the report follows an “Independent People’s Tribunal held for two days in Amritsar in April, in which a composite panel from judiciary, lawyers and activists from across India came together to hear the testimonies of 700 victim families”.

It comprised AK Ganguly, retired Supreme Court judge; Colin Gonsalves, senior advocate of the SC; and Paramjit Kaur Khalra of Khalra Mission Organisation.

“Our report critically considers the ongoing failings by the National Human Rights Commission in Punjab’s mass cremations’ case based on work done by murdered activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in 1995, who first exposed the mass killings. We have discovered that thousands of victims submitted their cases with the NHRC and its various sub-committees for consideration. Despite 1,527 victims being identified, the commission continues in its refusal to investigate even a single case to determine the cause of death and whether they were killed in fake encounters,” said justice H Suresh (retd), formerly of the Bombay high court.

PADP representatives said they have prepared a report on the missing persons with full names, and a petition is being prepared to be filed in the SC.

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

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

 

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.

Over 8K people disappeared during 1980 till 1995 in Punjab: NGO – The Tribute

Over 8K people disappeared during 1980 till 1995 in Punjab: NGO

Members of the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project hold a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, December 2

Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP), an NGO, on Saturday claimed that they have found over 8,000 people going “disappeared” during 1980 till 1995 in Punjab and demanded an independent judicial commission to probe the matter.

Satnam Singh Bains, representing PDAP, claimed that they have identified and documented hundreds of victims who were allegedly “cremated as unclaimed unidentified” and killed in “fake encounters”.

“In our seven-year long investigation, we have identified 8,257 persons from different sources who disappeared from 1980 to 1995 in Punjab,” he claimed.

Bains said the records pertaining to “disappeared” people were collected by visiting villages, meeting victims’ family members and also from media reports.

“The latest report is a further step in the long struggle by people of Punjab for justice and accountability for victims and for their kin,” Bains said.

Retired Bombay High Court judge Justice Suresh, who was also present, said, “people disappeared. They (their families) have the right to know why they disappeared. They have the right to know why human right violations took place.”      

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) national convener Kavita Srivastava, while speaking on the occasion, sought formation of a judicial commission under retired sitting judge of the Supreme Court to probe the “disappearance” of the people.

Bains said they will soon move to the Supreme Court with the findings of their report and demand detailed investigation in the matter.