The role of Shakeel Ahmed Ahanger, husband of one of the deceased in the Shopian case, has again come under cloud with the CBI also making an observation in the charge sheet about several contradictions in his statements before the agency.
"Though there are several contradictions in the statement of Shakeel Ahmed Ahanger and also evidence to the effect that Ghulam Mohiuddin Lone was threatened, assaulted and induced to give false statement at his house, sufficient evidence to prove his complicity in the conspiracy of the commission of this crime has not come on record to warrant his prosecution," the CBI said in its charge sheet.
Lone was one of the witnesses who was allegedly coerced by advocates including the public prosecutor to give a false statement before a magistrate that he had heard cries of women in a police vehicle.
He, however, retracted his statement later. Even the Jan Commission, while concluding its report, had said "...he does not carry a good reputation among the society and is being known for his immoral activities.
His assets are quite disproportionate to his known source of income, thus requiring in depth investigation to work out the possibility of Shakeel and his friends/associates in the present incident."