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Another twist to Shopian probe

india Updated: Nov 16, 2009 01:30 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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In a bizarre twist to the probe into the case of alleged rape and murder in Shopian, the doctor who conducted the post-mortem of the victims has reportedly told investigators that she submitted her own vaginal swab samples instead of one of the victim’s.

Dr Nighat Chiloo of Pulwama district hospital, who had conducted the second post-mortem on the victims, Nelofar (22) and Asiya (17), made this confession to the CBI, official sources said.

The investigating agency has now taken DNA samples of Chiloo and her husband Dr Imtiyaz Mir. “Those have been sent for laboratory tests and expert opinion,” a source said.

Hundreds of people had taken to the streets in Shopian town, some 50 km south of Srinagar, after the deaths.

The state government ordered several probes, before the CBI took over the case on September 17.

Four police officers from Shopian, including a senior superintendent of police, were arrested on charges of destroying evidence.

Chiloo has told the CBI that she never took the vaginal swab samples of the victims. Instead, one of the samples was taken from gloves that had the vaginal swabs of a pregnant woman and the other from her own vaginal swabs, sources added.

The CBI had exhumed the bodies of the victims on September 28.

The investigative agency, which is to submit its report to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on December 14, has been reportedly told by doctors who conducted a detailed post-mortem and forensic experts that Asiya only had lacerated wounds, which could not have caused her death.

Asiya and her sister- in-law Nelofar went missing on May 29. Their bodies were found in a stream the next day.

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