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Police arrested in Kashmir for alleged link to rebels

SRINAGAR, India -- Four Indian police officers have been arrested in Kashmir for alleged links with rebels fighting against Indian rule, the police chief of the disputed Himalayan region said Monday.

The case has rattled Indian authorities who administer the tense region, where insurgents have waged a violent campaign for decades demanding independence or a merger with neighboring Pakistan.

The alleged rebel ties were discovered last week during a routine investigation into a recent shooting attack on a former militant, police Chief Rajendra Kumar said.

Authorities have arrested two intelligence officials and two low-ranking police officers, and two more suspected officers are still at large, he said.

Kumar said the six are believed to have links to Kashmir's largest militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen, but gave no details of the connection.

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