Farmer survives hanging

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  • Tuesday, 31 Aug 2004

SRINAGAR: A man left for dead after being hanged by armed captors in insurgency-hit Indian Kashmir survived for a day strung up to a tree, a report said yesterday. 

Rafiq Dar was abducted in the village of Singhpora in northern Baramulla district as he headed to his padi farm on Saturday morning, the Greater Kashmir newspaper said. 

“The gunmen beat up Rafiq and then hanged him from a tree,” it said. 

A group of people spotted him hanging on Sunday and informed police. 

“It was only after the police rushed to the spot that Rafiq was found still alive and breathing,” the newspaper said.  

The victim was rushed to a hospital where his condition was said to be critical. 

Kashmir is in the grip of an insurgency against Indian rule that has left more than 40,000 people dead since 1989 by official count. Separatists put the toll at between 80,000 and 100,000. 

While Rafiq's assailants were not identified, Muslim rebels have in the past hanged accused police informers. – AFP  

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