A government human rights commission in Kashmir on Tuesday evening said it will review records from the 1995 abduction of Western tourists after a new book claimed that four of six foreign tourists were murdered by a pro-India militia to discredit India’s arch-rival Pakistan.
On July 4, 1995, Americans Donald Hutchings and John Childs, as well as Britons Paul Wells and Keith Mangan were kidnapped by the little known Al-Faran militant group while trekking in the Himalayas near Pahalgam, 97 km (60 miles) southeast of Srinagar.
SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Indian police detained three people for questioning on Thursday, including the owner of an Internet cafe, over an email allegedly claiming responsibility for a bombing that killed 12 people in New Delhi, senior police sources in Kashmir told Reuters.
The owner, his brother and an employee of the Global Cyber Cafe in Kishtwar, a city in the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, were taken in for questioning over an email allegedly linked to a powerful bomb that exploded at the entrance of the High Court on Wednesday.
SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Three people were detained in Jammu and Kashmir for questioning on Thursday, including the owner of an Internet cafe, over an email allegedly claiming responsibility for a bombing that killed 12 people in New Delhi, senior police sources told Reuters.
The owner, his brother and an employee of the Global Cyber Cafe in Kishtwar city, were taken in for questioning over an email allegedly linked to a powerful bomb that exploded at the entrance of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday.
NEW DELHI, Aug 21 (Reuters) – More than 2,000 corpses have
been found buried in several unmarked graves in Indian Kashmir,
believed to be victims of the divided region’s separatist
revolt, a government human rights commission said in a report.
The graves were found in dozens of villages near the Line of
Control, the military line dividing Kashmir between India and
Summer has set in in scenic Kashmir, melting snow on the high Himalayan mountain passes and allowing easier movement of separatist militants from the Pakistani side.
Hundreds of Muslim militants based in the Pakistani part of Kashmir are ready to give up arms and return to their homes in the Indian part of the Himalayan region following New Delhi’s formal approval of a rehabilitation policy for rebels.
Amnesty International has accused the government of detaining hundreds of people each year in Kashmir without charge or trial under a “draconian” Indian law.
The rights group said India’s Public Safety Act (PSA) had been used to detain up to 20,000 people without trial over the past two decades. Public Safety Act allows for detention without trial for up to two years.
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.
GULMARG, India (Reuters Life!) – Helicopters aren’t just carrying troops to the snow-capped mountains of Indian Kashmir any more.
They are also flying foreign skiers to ski slopes near a ceasefire line that divides the Himalayan region between India and Pakistan.
When thousands gathered in an Indian army camp in Kashmir recently, people started asking questions: Is this another protest against New Delhi’s rule?
The answer came as a surprise to many and as a shock to some.
Nearly 10,000 youth had gathered to try their luck in a recruitment drive by the Indian army in the disputed region and not to protest against alleged excesses by security forces.