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India admits scores of deaths in custody

The huge scale of human rights abuses during the Kashmir conflict has been underscored by an official acknowledgement that many scores of people may have been killed in the custody of India’s security forces. A provincial minister told the state’s legislature this weekend that there had been “144 alleged custodial killings” by security agencies and local police since 1989, when violence erupted in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. Abdul Rehman Veeri also gave the number of people reported missing in the past 14 years as 3,931, a figure that will be seized on by human rights campaigners demanding an investigation into the “disappearances” in Indian-controlled Kashmir. At least 34,000 people (although some say, twice that number) have died in the conflict over the Muslim-majority state, which has been a source of permanent contention, and several wars, between India and Pakistan since partition in 1947. Full Story

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