In September and October 1948, soon after independence from the British Empire, tens of thousands of people were brutally slaughtered in central India.
Some were lined up and shot by Indian Army soldiers. Yet a government-commissioned report into what happened was never published and few in India know about the massacre. Critics have accused successive Indian governments of continuing a cover-up.
The massacres took place a year after the violence of partition in what was then Hyderabad state, in the heart of India. It was one of 500 princely states that had enjoyed autonomy under British colonial rule.
When India was divided into India and Pakistan there was a lot of communal killing. What has now come to light is that the Indian army carried out mass killings of Muslims in the state of Hyderabad. This has now been highlighted by recent historical research and is a sad reflection on man’s inhumanity to man.
Original Source: BBC News Magazine