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Kashmiri Muslims mourn retired teacher who died in police custody

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The daughter-in-law of Haji Syed Mohammad Yousuf, a 61-year-old retired teacher and worker of the governing National Conference party in Indian-controlled Kashmir, wails during his funeral procession in Locktipora, some 34 miles south of Srinagar, India, on Oct. 1.

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A Kashmiri Muslim woman carries her daughter as she along with others watch the funeral procession of Haji Syed Mohammad Yousuf in Locktipora on Oct. 1.

The AP reports:

Haji Syed Mohammad Yousuf, a 61-year-old retired teacher, died in police custody Friday after Kashmir's top elected official handed him over to investigators probing charges that he took money from people promising to get them nominated as lawmakers, according to news reports.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but is claimed by both.

Since 1989, an armed uprising in Indian Kashmir and subsequent crackdown by Indian forces have killed an estimated 68,000 people, mostly civilians.

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