Kashmir seeks extradition of accused army soldier
A former Indian soldier, accused of killing a Kashmiri human rights lawyer, has been arrested in the United States on charges of domestic violence.
Major Avtar Singh fled the country in the 1990s after he was accused of kidnapping and brutally killing Jaleel Andrabi, a Kashmiri lawyer and human rights activist.
Andrabi’s decomposed body was found 15 years ago in a river. The killing sparked off massive protests and led to a probe by authorities.
The government of Jammu and Kashmir is now seeking the extradition of Singh from the United States.
A Times of India report said a special investigating team found Singh could have been involved in six more extrajudicial killings in Kashmir.
“The accused is in California police’s preventive custody. He would (be) shifted to Srinagar in 15 days,” said senior police official Raja Ajaz Ali, who is also Interpol liaison officer for Kashmir.
Government forces in the Himalayan state have been accused in the past of murdering civilians in staged gunbattles and passing them off as separatist militants to earn rewards and promotions.
Indian authorities have consistently denied systematic human rights violations in Kashmir and say they probe all such reports and punish the guilty.
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