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WWII remains on Papua New Guinea are Indian POWs

The remains of individuals dating back to World War II, originally thought to be those of Australian diggers, have been found to belong to Indian prisoners of war.

“It was determined that the remains represented five individuals and were those of Indian soldiers interned by Japanese forces as prisoners of war,” the spokesman said.

Artefacts found with the remains included military equipment used by Commonwealth forces, including Indians and Australians, during the war. But sewing kit paraphernalia found at the site was of a type used exclusively by the Indian Army.

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