India commits 1600+ extra judicial killings in 2010: US State Dept.


Indian forces carried out 1,600 extra-judicial killings: US report

WASHINGTON, April 8: The Indian government and its agents have committed arbitrary or unlawful killings, including extrajudicial killings, in Jammu and Kashmir, says a US State Department report released on Friday. According to the department`s 2010 human rights reports, as many as 1,616 extrajudicial or unlawful killings were committed in India up to Oct 17 last year.

On Sept 7, Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony ordered a new inquiry into the death of Capt Sumit Kohli. The army claimed Mr Kohli committed suicide while serving in Lolab Valley in Jammu and Kashmir in 2006, but family members claimed he had been killed because he had found out about an extrajudicial killing of four railway porters staged by his senior officers.The Public Safety Act, which applies only in Jammu and Kashmir, permits state authorities to detain persons without charge or judicial review for as long as two years. During this time family members do not have access to detainees, and detainees do not have access to legal counsel.

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