Worlds oldest democracy United States may have been forced to close Guantanamo Bay detention centre, but the largest democracy India runs 40 such secret chambers across the country, where suspects are subjected to extreme interrogation for months and years. A leading news magazine 'The Week in its forthcoming issue, accessed by KT News Service (KTNS), revealed the horror of torture chambers, far from the eyes of law. The investigating team of the magazine identified 15 secret interrogation centres-three each in Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, two in Kolkatta and one in Assam. Officials admit that there could be more and roughly put their numbers at 40. In Palanpur region of Gujarat all security agencies share one detention centre, the magazine report said. It maintained that mostly suspects were brought blindfolded so they could hardly pinpoint the place, adding, the only faces they got to see were those of the interrogators. The magazine quoted Parvez Ahmed Radoo, 30, of Baramulla district, a student in Pune University, who was illegally detained in Delhi, as saying that he, in his open letter, from notorious Tihar jail, wrote that electrodes were attached to his genitals and power was switched on during interrogation in the centre. A large number of innocent people, as well as suspected terrorists, have disappeared after being taken to such secret detention centres, said Kirity Roy, a Kolkata-based human rights lawyer. The report further said that in Kashmir, there were many interrogation centres like the Cargo Special Operation Group (SOG) camp in Haftchinar area in Srinagar and Humhama in Budgam district. There are the joint interrogation centres in Khanabal area of Islamabad district and Talab Tillo in Jammu and one in Poonch. It said that the lawyers in Kashmir had filed 15,000 petitions since 1990 seeking the whereabouts of the detainees and the charges against them without avail. The most recent victim of the torture regime was Manzoor Ahmed Beigh, 40, who was picked by the SOG from Aloochi Bagh area in Srinagar on May 18. His family said that he was chained up, hung upside down from the ceiling and ruthlessly beaten up. He died the same night. Quoting KS Subramanian, former Director General of Indian police who had also served in the Intelligence Bureau, the report said that these sites existed and were being used to detain and interrogate suspects and it had been going on for a long time. An officer, who worked in one of the detention centres admitted that extreme physical and psychological torture, based loosely on the regime in Guantanamo Bay, was used to extract information from the detainees. It included assault on the senses like sleep deprivation, keeping prisoners naked to degrade and humiliate them, and forcibly administering drugs through the rectum to further break down their dignity.