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Villagers say college teacher killed in custody in Kashmir

  • Gulzar Ahmed, allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers who picked him along with several others at Khrew village, recovers at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Residents of Khrew, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, say a young college teacher has been killed while he was in the custody of the Indian army after soldiers picked up dozens of villagers from their homes in the Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Gulzar Ahmed, allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers who picked him along with several others at Khrew village, recovers at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Residents of Khrew, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, say a young college teacher has been killed while he was in the custody of the Indian army after soldiers picked up dozens of villagers from their homes in the Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sameer Ahmed, allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers who picked him along with several others at Khrew village, recovers at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Residents of Khrew, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, say a young college teacher has been killed while he was in the custody of the Indian army after soldiers picked up dozens of villagers from their homes in the Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Sameer Ahmed, allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers who picked him along with several others at Khrew village, recovers at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Residents of Khrew, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, say a young college teacher has been killed while he was in the custody of the Indian army after soldiers picked up dozens of villagers from their homes in the Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Wounded Kashmiri men, allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers who picked several inhabitants of Khrew village, recover at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Residents of Khrew, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, say a young college teacher has been killed while he was in the custody of the Indian army after soldiers picked up dozens of villagers from their homes in the Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Wounded Kashmiri men, allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers who picked several inhabitants of Khrew village, recover at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Residents of Khrew, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, say a young college teacher has been killed while he was in the custody of the Indian army after soldiers picked up dozens of villagers from their homes in the Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Residents of a village in Indian-controlled Kashmir say a young college teacher has been killed while he was in the custody of the Indian army after soldiers picked up dozens of villagers from their homes in the Himalayan region.

Villagers said army soldiers and police raided Khrew village late Wednesday and took Shabir Ahmed and around 30 other people into custody.

They handed over Ahmed's body to his family early Thursday, villagers said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals. A police official confirmed Ahmed's death and said the cause of his death was being investigated.

At least 62 people have died in daily protests and clashes with police and army soldiers in Kashmir since government troops killed a popular rebel leader nearly six weeks ago.