Samples collected from the bodies of Shopian victims

Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 19:31

Shopian (J&K): A special CBI forensic team
on Monday collected samples from the bodies of the two women
allegedly raped and murdered here after exhuming them nearly
four months since the occurrence of the incident, that sparked
massive protests in the Kashmir Valley.

The team, which comprised senior doctors of All India
Institute of Medical Sciences, collected number of samples
from the bodies in a process that started at 7 in the morning
after obtaining necessary approval of the family of the
victims -- 22-year-old Neelofar and her 17-year-old
sister-in-law Aasiya-- and continued for nine long hours.

The village, about 51 km from Srinagar and famous for
Ambri apples, was agog with activity since midnight with
police erecting screens around the graveyard and para-military
forces setting up barricades that kept the general public and
media away.

The team had brought some modern equipment that would
help determine ante-mortem and post-mortem injuries on the
bodies, officials said.

Bodies of Neelofar and Asiya were recovered from a stream
on May 30 after they went missing in town the previous

Their deaths had led to 47 days of protests in the town
with locals alleging that security personnel were responsible
for the crime.

Ahead of the exhumation, a doctor, who was part of the
second post-mortem team from neighbouring Pulwama district
hospital and had prepared the vaginal slides of the victims,
had told CBI that no samples from the duo had ever been taken.

The doctor broke down during questioning and narrated
the entire sequence of events to the CBI officials, official
sources said, adding she claimed that the samples were taken
from gloves used in the gynaecological ward of the district
hospital and the slides prepared.

The CBI took over the investigation into the case on
September 17 and a team headed by Deputy Inspector General
Satish Golcha has been camping here since then.

The agency`s Special Director S C Sinha had also visited
the village recently and taken stock of the situation.

It had come to light last month that the vaginal swabs of
the two victims sent to Central Forensic and Scientific
Laboratory did not match with that of Neelofar and Aasiya.

Ahead of the CBI investigations, the state Government had
appointed one-man commission headed by Justice (Retd) Muzzafar
Jan which among other things had recommended a detailed
questioning of the relatives of the victims including
Neelofar`s husband Shakeel Ahnger and her brother Zirar Shah.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 19:31

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