INDIA: The Prisoner in the Mountains

India last week heard for the first time the full story of Constable Karam Singh. A stocky, moon-faced Sikh with a curly black mustache, Karam Singh. 49, was the commander of the Indian police patrol in Ladakh that was ambushed and cut to pieces by the Chinese last October (TIME, Nov. 2). Captured, Singh was treated with a mixture of brutality, buffoonery, cynicism and dishonesty, which indicates that Chinese methods with their prisoners have varied little since the Korean war.

After a skirmish of several hours in which nine Indians died, Karam...

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