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Kashmir police plans under fire

The government in Indian-administered Kashmir has been sharply criticised for backtracking on pledges to curb the activities of a notorious police counter-insurgency force. The Special Operations Group has been widely accused of human rights violations in the conflict with militants fighting Indian rule. New state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed promised to disband the unit – but now says it will continue operating under a different command structure. Opposition parties and human rights groups say the exercise is a sham, and accuse Mr Sayeed of misleading voters. Amnesty International expressed disappointment over Mr Sayeed’s about-turn. And separatist groups as well as the former ruling party, the National Conference, have accused him of making false promises. Full Story

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