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Shopian case rocks J&K assembly

PTI  Srinagar, August 12, 2009
First Published: 12:35 IST(12/8/2009) | Last Updated: 12:42 IST(12/8/2009)
The alleged tampering of DNA test reports in the Shopian case rocked the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Wednesday with opposition and ruling party members insisting on a debate on the issue, leading to suspension of the question hour.


PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti supported by her party members and CPI(M) members raised the issue as soon as the house met for the day. Some NC members too demanded a debate on the matter.

Speaker M K Noor suspended the question hour and allowed a discussion after his repeated requests that the issue be raised after the question hour failed to evoke a response.

Minister for Public Health Engineering Taj Mohiuddin tried to pacify the agitated members but in vain.

He said reports appearing in newspapers of the alleged fudging cannot be termed authentic.

“We cannot rely on newspaper reports. We are trying to investigate. The matter is subjudice,” he said.

However, the opposition members continued with their protests, terming it as a “serious issue”.

Official sources on Tuesday said that the two slides of vaginal swabs sent by the Special Investigating Team to the CFSL do not match with that of the two victims -- Neelofar and Aasiya raped and murdered in Shopian.

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