Kashmir ire over 'custody death'
14 February 2007
London: Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have clashed with hundreds of protesters over the alleged killing of a civilian man in police custody. Over a dozen protesters were hurt when police lobbed tear gas shells in the mountainous Rajouri town on Wednesday. The police said the civilian was arrested in a case of theft on Tuesday evening and died in the custody. The civilian's family members allege that he was tortured to death while in the custody of the police. There have been recent protests and strikes in much of Indian-administered Kashmir in protest at alleged extra-judicial killings by the security forces. The police said that the chief of the police station had been suspended and enquiry ordered into death of Shaokat Hussain. Mr Hussain was arrested from outskirts of Rajouri town in a case of theft, the police said. They said that the body of the victim was handed over to the family after a post- mortem had been conducted, and order was restored in the town.