It was led by a Hindu congressman, Pandit Sunderlal. But the resulting reportthat bore his name was never published.But now, historian Sunil Purushotham from the University of Cambridge hasobtained a copy of the report as part of his research in this field.
Pandit Sunderlal's team concludedthat between 27,000 and 40,000 died
The Sunderlal team visited dozens of villages throughout the state.At each one they carefully chronicled the accounts ofMuslims who had survived the appalling violence: "We hadabsolutely unimpeachable evidence to the effect that there were instances in which men belonging to the Indian Armyand also to the local police took part in looting and evenother crimes."During our tour we gathered, at not a few places, thatsoldiers encouraged, persuaded and in a few cases evencompelled the Hindu mob to loot Muslim shops and houses."The team reported that while Muslims villagers weredisarmed by the Indian Army, Hindus were often left withtheir weapons.In some cases, it said, Indian soldiers themselves took anactive hand in the butchery: "At a number of places membersof the armed forces brought out Muslim adult males fromvillages and towns and massacred them in cold blood."The investigation team also reported, however, that in many other instances the