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Muslims tortured, rights group says

November 19, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

An international rights group said police tortured 21 Muslim men during an investigation into a series of bombings in southern India, and it called for officers to be prosecuted.

Bomb attacks in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state, in May and August last year killed more than 50 people. Police blamed Islamic militants and rounded up more than 100 Muslim men.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that at least 21 "were stripped, hung upside down, severely beaten, subjected to electric shocks, and otherwise ill-treated."

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