Committee for Coordination on Disappearances in Punjab (CCDP)
The Committee for Coordination on Disappearances in Punjab (CCDP) came into existence on 9 November 1997 with the following agenda:
The Committee and its agenda have their origins in the work done by Jaswant Singh Khalra, the General Secretary of the Akali Dal's Human Rights Wing. In 1995, Khalra initiated the public interest litigation on the matter of police abductions leading to secret cremations in Punjab. After Khalra's disappearance following his abduction by armed commandos of the Punjab police on 6 September 1995, the Committee for Information and Initiative on Punjab (CIIP) moved the Supreme Court of India through Writ Petition (Crl.) No. 447/95 to demand a comprehensive inquiry. In December 1996, the Supreme Court referred the matter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate all legal implications of the matter of illegal cremations. CIIP continues to represent the victim families before the NHRC, with the support of CCDP's investigation team.