EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 20/30/93
UA 194/93 "Disappearance"in Jammu and Kashmir 15 June 1993
India Nazir Ahmed MISRI
Amnesty International is concerned about the safety and whereabouts of Nazir
Ahmed Misri, who was taken into custody on 7 June by members of the Border
Security Forces. Amnesty International fears he is at risk of torture and being
killed while being kept in unacknowledged detention.
Nazir Ahmed Misri, a 26 year-old school teacher, son of Ali Mohamed, resident
of Zero Bridge, Srinagar was allegedly taken into custody on 7 June 1993 during
a military operation by the Border Security Forces in the area of Zero Bridge,
Srinagar. He has not been seen since and his family do not know of his
whereabouts, although others arrested during the operation have been released.
Since early 1990 there has been an increasingly violent campaign for
independence in Kashmir. Armed separatists have kidnapped and killed
officials, members of paramilitary forces and civilians. Amnesty
International has repeatedly expressed concern to the Indian Government
about reports of deliberate killings of unarmed civilians by members of the
security forces, about widespread allegations of torture and rape by
members of the security forces and about arbitrary arrests of suspected
separatists, an increasing number of whom are reported to have
"disappeared" or to have died in custody. Amnesty International is concerned
at the continuing pattern of "disappearances" and extrajudicial executions
which are occurring in the Kashmir valley, despite condemnation by officials
of such practices.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor, K.V. Krishna Rao, has ordered several
investigations into such abuses, in one case leading to charges of murder
being brought against the Director of the Border Security Forces (BSF).
On 27 May 1993, four Indian soldiers were arrested for allegedly raping a
Kashmiri woman. However, investigations are usually carried out by police or
army officials rather than by an independent and impartial body and prosecutions
are very rare. The government says that action was taken against 230 members
of the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, but has until now failed to give
details of the perpetrators, their actions and the nature of the punishments
given to them.
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