In the aftermath of the Shopian fiasco, the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir reshuffled 50 senior police officers in the state on Tuesday.
One of the key officials to be shunted out of his position was the intelligence chief of the Kashmir Police Ashok Bhan. Bhan, one of the two directors general of police (DGPs), was also heading the state police’s intelligence wing. He has now been appointed Director General of Prisons.
Based on the state police’s briefing, Omar had ruled out rape and murder of the two women in Shopian, 50 km south of Srinagar, after their bodies were found in a canal on May 30. The police said the women had drowned.
But post-mortem reports confirmed the local people’s suspicion that Nelofar Jan (22) and her sister-in-law Asiya Jan (17) were raped and murdered.
The final embarrassment for Omar came when the police added to the FIR that the two were raped and murdered.
Shopian and other places in Kashmir witnessed violent protests and shutdowns over the rape and murder of the two women for several days.
The cabinet has given charge of intelligence to K Rajendra who has been appointed Additional DGP (CID) of the state. Farooq Ahmad, IGP (CID-Headquarters) has been transferred and posted as IGP (Kashmir Zone).
Deemed an upright officer, Farooq heads the special investigation team probing the Shopian rape and murder case under the orders of the High Court.
Farooq earned fame when he unearthed the infamous fake encounter case in Ganderbal in 2007.
Six policemen, including a superintendent of police (SP) Hans Raj Parihar and DSP Bahadur Ram, were arrested for killing five civilians in the fake encounters. The slain civilians had been buried as ‘Pakistani’ militants in different graveyards at Ganderbal and Ajas.