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Probe all Valley killings in past 21 years: Omar

August 23, 2011 01:28 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday reiterated his idea of setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to probe all the killings in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 21-years.

The chief minister's statement came a day after the state human rights commission admitted the presence of unmarked graves containing about 2,156 bodies at 38 sites across Kashmir valley.

Omar was speaking to mediapersons in Srinagar on Monday after inaugurating a floating post office-cum-museum in the world famous Dal Lake in summer capital Srinagar.

"Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be assigned the task to probe all the killings in the state. Whether the killings were carried out by militants or security forces, it needs to be probed," he said.

Omar said he had demanded setting up of the commission when he was in the opposition and he was reiterating the demand today.

"And I repeat the same today. There is no way out but to setup the commission."

Omar was commenting on the State Human Rights Commission's report regarding unmarked graves containing more than 2000 bodies in 38 places of the Valley.

It must be recalled that the State Human Rights Commission said in Srinagar on Sunday there were 2156 unmarked graves in 38 places of the Valley in which persons whose identity has not so far been established had been buried.

The senior superintendent of police who heads the investigating wing of the State Human Rights Commission has in his report demanded the identities of the persons buried in such graves needed to be established.

The CM on Monday said the government too wanted answers to such questions.

"But it is too early to comment on it. We have a Unified command meeting on Tuesday where we will discuss it," he said.

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar