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J&K CM orders judicial probe

india Updated: Jun 02, 2009 01:06 IST
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J&K CM orders judicial probe

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday ordered a judicial probe into the mysterious death of two women in South Kashmir's Shopian town on Saturday.

Protesting Shopian residents allege that the women — one of them a teenager — were raped and killed by security forces deployed in the area.

The CM's announcement of a judicial probe came after CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel went on a rampage in Shopian earlier in the day.

Abdullah told presspersons in Srinagar that the probe would be conducted by a retired High Court judge.

Abdullah said the probe was necessary as the doctors (who conducted the post-mortems) were unable to certify rape and murder. "The level of dissatisfaction is quite high. People want information from a credible source," he said.

"We will not shield anybody. I would prefer to lose power than to lose credibility among the people," the CM said.

The deaths sent shock waves across the Valley, with a shutdown called by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani disrupting normal life in Kashmir on Monday. The shutdown has been extended by two more days to Tuesday and Wednesday. Prominent separatist leaders, Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Shah and Yasin Malik have been placed under house arrest.