17th September 1948 - the day when Hyderabad merged with the union of India, remains the black day in the history of the state. This merger was not just painful but was extremely horrifying - in every sense of the word. The "Liberation" unleashed an orgy of a human massacre which has been grossly unreported and comfortably forgotten. The tragic aftermath - statewide burnings, massive killings, looting, abduction of women and rapes - continued unabated for several days.
According to the Pandit Sundarlal Committee report commissioned by the Government of India, an estimated 25 to 30 thousand people were killed, although unofficial figures range up to 200,000 deaths. The heart-rending report was never declassified and was swept under the rug for decades. It came into public domain only recently, in 2013."
- A. Mohammed, Hyderabad Liberation Day: The Untold Story
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