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In Kashmir solider is the 'most powerful'

Srinagar, March 10, 2009:

A newspaper in Indian administered Kashmir has ranked Indian soldier as the “most powerful person” in the restive region.

The newly launched weekly, Kashmir Life came out with a list of 10 most powerful persons in the conflict zone with Indian soldier kept at the top, followed by the 38-year- old chief minister of the state, Omar Abdullah.

Top hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has made it to the third place.

“Not worth a second look elsewhere he is the master of all that he surveys in the state,” the newspaper sates describing the Indian soldier as a ‘perpetrator’ adding, “It is the context of Distrubed Areas Act along with Armed Forces Special Powers Act which gives him unbridled authority without any accountability.

“Empowered by the system to deal with the situation he enters houses, cordons off areas and burns off houses as thoughtlessly as lesser mortals light a matchstick.”

Indian troops have consistently been accused of grave human rights violations in India administered Kashmir in the last two decades.

India does not reveal the actual number of its troops in Kashmir, considered one of the highest miltarised region in peace times.

Rights activists say there are over 700,000 Indian troops and paramilitary troops in the region fighting an anti-India insurgency that broke out in 1989.

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