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Pakistani prisoner found hanging in Indian Kashmir jail

Published on Feb 22, 2014 5:21 PM

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - A Pakistani prisoner who was arrested by authorities in India for trespassing more than two years ago has been found hanging inside a jail in Indian Kashmir, an official said Saturday.

Showkat Ali, 42, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, had been lodged in a jail in Amphala, about 300 kilometres from the region's main city of Srinagar, since December 2011.

He was arrested on charges of illegally crossing the de facto border between the two rival countries.

"An inmate informed the jail authorities last (Friday) night that Showkat was hanging from the grill of a toilet in the barracks," jail superintendent Harish Kotwal told AFP.

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