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Suspected robbers in Pakistan say police hacked off their hands

Published on Jun 2, 2014 7:17 PM

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (REUTERS) - Pakistani police chopped off the left hands of two men accused of theft after they refused to confess to stealing electrical wire and mobile phones, the victims told Reuters on Monday.

The two men, Ghulam Mustafa, 38, and Liaquat Ali, 42, said that police hacked off their hands with a large butcher's knife on Friday.

"Four or five policemen held me down and cut my hand. I fainted from the pain," Mustafa said at a hospital in Bahawalpur in Punjab province. "I and Liaquat were arrested eight days ago after local people falsely accused us of stealing and handed us over to the police who beat us and tortured us. Then on Friday, they did this."

Police disputed their version of the story, telling Reuters the men had cut their own hands with razor blades in a suicide attempt, though it was not immediately clear how they could cut their hands off.

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