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Human Rights Group: Abuses in Indian Kashmir by Government, Rebels Continue


The international advocacy group Human Rights Watch has accused Indian security forces and Islamic militants in Indian Kashmir of human rights violations.

In a report on the disputed Himalayan region, the rights group says the Indian army and police still carry out extra-judicial killings and torture, and that disappearances of residents continue.

As for Muslim separatists, the rights group says they continue to kill politicians and target civilians suspected of cooperation with Indian government forces.

Meanwhile, members of a pro-independence Kashmiri group staged a day-long hunger strike in Srinagar Tuesday to protest alleged abuses by Indian security forces.

Also Tuesday, India's army says it seized a large cache of weapons, including ammunition and explosives, near the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Separately, Indian police say militants shot dead a Muslim couple in the western Rajouri district early Tuesday. The motive for the attack is unclear.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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