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Kashmir mass grave sites mount, rights group says

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More than 2,900 bodies have been discovered over the past three years in mass graves in 55 villages across three districts in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, a rights group said.

The graves, unearthed by researchers from the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir, include bodies of those killed in gun battles, arbitrary executions and massacres by military and paramilitary forces, the Indian-based group said in a statement on its Web site.

J.S. Brar, a military spokesman, said he would not comment on the report. He was speaking by telephone yesterday from Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The disputed Himalayan territory is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan and two of the three wars between the South Asian neighbors were fought over the region. Jammu and Kashmir is India’s only Muslim-majority state.

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