India: Kashmiri Separatist Leader Dies In Custody

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    The Facts

    • Altaf Ahmad Shah, a prominent member of Kashmir's separatist group Hurriyat, died on Monday night at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), according to his family. The cause of his death hasn't yet been disclosed.

    • Shah had been incarcerated in connection to an alleged "terror-funding case" for the past five years, and lodged in New Delhi's Tihar prison. Last month, he was diagnosed with cancer and transferred to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Altaf Shah devoted his life for the sacred cause of freedom and deserves to be remembered as a hero of the Kashmiri people. His custodial killing exposes that every other freedom activist jailed in India is under threat as Modi's fascist regime seeks to eliminate them and won't comply with its legal duty to protect their lives.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Though the death of a human being is always sad news and those grieving the loss of a loved one must be respected , it's important to stick to the truth. Altaf Shah died in custody because he was facing a trial on charges of funding terror activities, and Indian authorities diligently granted him medical treatment for cancer and several other diseases.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that India's rating in the Freedom In the World Report will be at least 65.8 in 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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