A British charity worker has been found murdered in India and police are investigating reports that he may have been stoned to death
The body of Michael Blakey, 23, was found partially hidden under rocks in a gully in Dharamsala, a hill town in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.
Mr Blakey, a university graduate, from Burnley, Lancs, had been working as a volunteer for the Tong Len charity in the region since June 23, helping displaced families from some of the poorest parts of India.
His tourist visa was valid until Dec 22, when he was due to return home to spend Christmas with his family before heading back to India in the New Year for a further six months' charity work.
He went missing on Nov 23 and six days later his body was discovered by a visitor close to St John's Church in the Wilderness, which he regularly attended.
The charity said yesterday that police suspected more than one person was involved in the murder and that it was probable Mr Blakey did not know his killers.
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STONED TO DEATH