Hindu Doctor Arrested In Kashmir
12 August 2005
Srinagar: The Indian army has arrested a Kashmiri Hindu doctor in Indian- administered Jammu and Kashmir after accusing him of helping militants plant landmines. The troops arrested the doctor at his house in Thathri village about 170km from Jammu. Neither the doctor's family, nor any lawyer representing him, were available to comment on the allegations. It is said to be the first case of a Kashmiri Hindu being held and accused of helping Muslim militants. Senior army officials told the BBC that they had information about the doctor helping militants in Doda district. They said the arrest was made late on Thursday night. Accusations The army authorities claimed they had intelligence suggesting the doctor treated injured or ailing militants. [The doctor] has not revealed anything so far that suggests his links with militants Satvir Gupta, deputy inspector general of police They also claimed the doctor helped militants in other activities like planting landmines. They alleged that the doctor had helped militants plant a mine that exploded on the Jammu- Srinagar national highway recently. The army said the doctor had been handed over to Doda district police for further investigations. 'The doctor is in police custody and we are interrogating him,' Satvir Gupta, deputy inspector general of police in Doda-Udhampur range, said. 'He has not revealed anything so far that suggests his links with militants.' Attempts to contact the doctor's immediate family for comment failed.