Presumed murdered by her colleagues in Srinagar two years ago, Special Police Officer Neelofer Khan has returned from the grave - for she was living all this while in a migrants camp near Jammu with her Hindu family.
The case of the missing SPO, which saw the police Special Task Force face allegations of a cover-up on the Kashmir sex scandal probe, has turned out to be one about a housewife-mother who eloped with her lover.
Neelofer, her husband constable Deepak Kumar and their 18-month-old son were arrested from the migrants camp at Nagrota by an STF team on Sunday and they are to be produced before the National Human Rights Commission.
The NHRC and SHRC had ordered a Crime Branch inquiry after Neelofer's mother lodged a complaint accusing the STF of murdering and burying her to hush up the sex scandal case.
On the SHRC's directives, the body of a woman was exhumed from a grave in Srinagar and Neelofer's mother "recognised" the photos as being that of her daughter.
DNA samples were on March 10, 2007 lifted from the exhumed body recovered from an offshoot of the Dal Lake on April 5, 2006. The DNA test report is still awaited.
"We want the slate clean. We want to uncover the drama in which the police have become the a victim. So we will produce SPO Neelofer before the NHRC," Crime Branch officials said.
They said on a lead from the CID (Intelligence Wing), they traced the SPO. Neelofer had married a businessman Tariq Khan who at one time linked had militants links, they said.
She left him and their two sons at Gowsia Colony and eloped with Deepak with whom she fell in love during her three-year stay in Srinagar, they said.