SRINAGAR: The pro-Indian government in occupied Kashmir has admitted that 13 persons died in the custody of Indian security forces during year 2005-2006. The pro-Indian chief minister of Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad in reply to a question regarding custodial deaths in Kashmir said that 13 persons died in the custody of Indian security forces during year 2005-206. He claimed that Indian troops deployed in violence hit Kashmir are respecting the human rights of people. “The cognizance of human rights violations committed by Indian security forces in Kashmir is immediately taken against the erring soldiers and officials and necessary action taken against them”, the pro-Indian Kashmiri leader said.
He further said that Indian security forces fighting militancy in Kashmir have been made accountable and responsibilities have been fixed on supervisory officers, who brief the officers regularly to ensure minimum inconvenience to the public during anti-militancy operations launched by Indian security forces.He said that 29 complaints were received against Indian security personnel deployed in Kashmir in 2006. “From January 1, 2007 to July 31, 2007 ten complaints have been received against the soldiers”, according to the chief minister of the held state. He said that all the complaints against the soldiers are being looked into and necessary action taken, whenever an Indian soldier or official is found responsible for violating the law and committing human rights violations.However, independent sources said that more than 20 custodial killings have taken place during 2005-2006.-SANA