His name was Khan… Ata Mohammad Khan. He was a gravedigger by choice and his mission was to give a decent burial to umpteen unidentified mutilated bullet-ridden bodies in Kashmir. Khan, 75, died after prolonged illness at his residence in Bimyar-Chahal village in Baramulla district on Monday. Khan, a farmer-turned-gravedigger, buried around 235 bodies, majority of them unknown with multiple bruises, defaced and decomposed in the last 25 years of turmoil.Khan was on a mission to give a descent burial to the unidentified dead bodies in his village graveyard. But in this pursuit he had fallen victim to the endless mental and physical trauma. dna had carried a detailed story on Khan on December 11, 2013.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”On some occasions, he and the local community members would retain some belongings of the dead, which helped in identification, when their families came looking for them”, said a spokesman of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, an apex body of those parents whose kin are missing in custody.The spokesman said APDP and Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) through sustained research work, have been able to document the existence of 7,000 unmarked graves in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

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