SRINAGAR (Agencies) - Indian authorities have filed charges against six Held Kashmir education officials over a textbook for first graders that illustrates the word “oppressor” with a sketch resembling an Indian police officer.

A police official, who declined to be identified, told AFP Tuesday that the complaint charged the head of the state education board, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, and five other officials with “sedition, criminal conspiracy and defamation”.

Police official Shailandra Mishra said that authorities were angered by an Urdu-language textbook illustrating the word “zalim,” or oppressor, with a drawing of a mustachioed man wearing a cap and uniform and carrying a bamboo club similar to those carried by Indian police.

Mishra also said the word was inappropriate in a book for such young students. Ahmed said action had been taken to erase the illustration, even though he denied the suggestion that it depicted a member of the police force.

“We have sent officials to schools to put a black seal on the illustration as we don’t want to hurt anybody’s sentiments,” Ahmed told reporters.

Anger at the security forces runs deep in Muslim-majority Held Kashmir, where a struggle against Indian rule that began in 1989 has claimed more than 47,000 lives, according to official figures.

In 2010, police and paramilitary forces were accused of killing 110 protesters during some of the biggest anti-India demonstrations in the region for years.