The only test performed on both the bodies was the lung flotation test, performed by Dr. Bilal during the first postmortem on 30th May, 2009, which negated the possibility of death by drowning. When IWIJ met the CB-CID, at their insistence, a post-mortem report was flaunted before us, which did not bear the endorsement that drowning had been conclusively ruled out. Why did the police and Shopian administration announce drowning as the cause of death despite medical evidence to the contrary?
All witnesses who may testify to a cause of death other than drowning have been systematically compromised. Significantly witnesses who did not support the drowning theory have reportedly under sustained interrogation from the CBI changed their stance.
Since medical evidence stood in the way of the drowning theory the doctors who had conducted the post mortem have been victimized and discredited.
Anyone visiting the site is struck by the proximity to the security camps all round. They can also see the shallowness of the stream. And they would have to doubt that the women could have gone there to drown, for which, of course there is not even a sliver of a motive. As for accidental drowning, of two women, in such shallows - we would need to be more than merely credulous to believe that possible!
While available evidence has been manipulated and distorted, crucial material, circumstantial, ocular and forensic evidence was deliberately never collected by the police and allowed to be destroyed, lest the tell tale signs point an accusing finger.
Why has there been such a sustained effort to hush up the crime from the very beginning? Is it that a culture of impunity protects perpetrators of wrongs and injustices when there are other agendas such as 'national security' at stake?
(IWIJ is Independent Women's Initiative for Justice group)