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Briton stoned to death in India

dpa German Press Agency
Wednesday November 29, 2006

New Delhi- Police in India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh have found the body of a British male who is suspected to have been stoned to death, officials said Wednesday. The body of Michael James Blackey, 23, was found on Tuesday in Dharamsala, a hill-town located 400 kilometres north of the Indian capital New Delhi.

"There were injuries on his head and face. It seems he was stoned to death," senior police officer Santosh Patiyal said adding that the autopsy had confirmed that the death occurred due to multiple injuries.

"It's a blind murder. We are trying to ascertain the motive behind the murder," the officer said.

Blackey who was working for a Britain-based charitable trust in Dharamsala was missing since November 25.

The IANS news agency reported that Blackey was living in a Buddhist monastery in Dharamsala, which also serves as the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Many locals have been questioned in connection with the murder, the news agency reported adding that the British High Commission in Delhi had also been informed about the matter.

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