Where have all the missing persons gone?
The statistics are frightening for any society that prides itself on its civilisational credentials, and even more so for any government that claims to the rule of law and human rights. As per a human rights watchdog report, there were 72 cases of enforced disappearances between 2009 and 2012. And in 2013, 68 persons were abducted which spiked to 88 in 2014. The surprising aspect of it is that, of those gone missing in 2014, bodies of 23 were recovered from different places in the country. 47 unfortunate persons were picked, allegedly by law enforcing agencies, in 2015.
There are a few questions that the agencies need to answer. How can they pick up people from their homes in front of the family members, as reported in the media, and yet deny having done so? How is it that a few that had gone missing, and which the police claimed to have had nothing to do with, have been subsequently produced by the police before the court on various charges? And how do they account for so many dead bodies that had turned up, most of those were of people reported missing by the family and alleged to have been picked up by the law enforcing agencies? In many cases there were witnesses of the abductions. And how is it that most of the victims belong to the opposition?
In most of these cases the finger, unfortunately, has been pointed at the law enforcing agencies. They will have to resolve the mystery. They better find the killer gang that has abducted nearly 300 people since 2011 if they want to absolve themselves from the accusation of being complicit in the abductions and the killings.