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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