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Doctors questioned by SIT in Shopian case

PTI  Srinagar, August 16, 2009
First Published: 17:10 IST(16/8/2009) | Last Updated: 18:14 IST(16/8/2009)

The SIT, probing the Shopian rape-and-murder case, has questioned the doctors who had conducted the second post-mortem and made the slides of vaginal swabs of the two victims after it came to light that they were possibly tampered with.

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Official sources said the Special Investigative Team has questioned Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ghulam Qadir Sofi and District Health Officer Mohammad Maqbool, who were part of the team that conducted the second post-mortem on the two women.

It was, however, not confirmed whether gynecologist Nighat Shaheen, at whose house the slides were sealed before being sent to Forensic Sciences Laboratory, was also questioned. Shaheen is currently under suspension.

The SIT headed by Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Farooq Ahmed had sent these slides to CFSL for making a DNA profile of the tissue cells present in it.

Investigations into the case were severely hit when it came to light earlier this week that key forensic evidence relating to the vaginal swabs of the two victims have been possibly tampered with.

The CFSL made attempts to compare the vaginal swabs with viscera and blood samples of the two victims but they did not match, sources said, prompting the CFSL officials to conclude that the slides said to be prepared from vaginal swabs of the victims were actually drawn from some other women.

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