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Why didn't India kill the 90,000 war prisoners of the 1971 Indo-Pak war?

Author: Prateek Kumar
Publication: Quora.com
Date: March 12, 2015
URL:   https://www.quora.com/Why-didnt-India-kill-the-90-000-war-prisoners-of-the-1971-Indo-Pak-war

After the surrender, the Bengalis were baying for the blood of those captured 90,000 PoWs as they included standing soldiers of the Pakistani Army.

India had to move quickly to transport them out of Bangladesh (by train and boat) to camps in Bihar, before finally repatriating them back to their home country. (after Delhi Agreement)

Were the Bengalis allowed to attack the captured PoWs (or had India done the same), Bangladesh would have collapsed into another civil war which would have eventually spilled over and become a problem for India.

The cassus belli for India's involvement in the first place was to ameliorate the implosion in Bangladesh (whose 10 million immigrants were draining India's economy).

Its unlikely that India's army would've agreed to kill captured soldiers and nor would the Geneva convention have allowed it. India would've instantly lost the moral standing which had allowed it to cross the border and attack a sovereign country, with no retribution from the UN.
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