The Shopian double rape-and-murder case threw up another angle with the police receiving a letter purportedly written by a male classmate of Aasiya, one of the victims, claiming she might have been murdered by her own family member.
The letter, which was received at a Police station in this newly carved out district in the Kasmir valley, claims that the two were on friendly terms and this was not liked by her brother Shakeel Ahmed Ahanghar.
The letter was posted immediately after unrest broke out following recovery of two bodies of Aasiya and her sister-in-law Neelofar on May 30 but it was reported to have been delivered at the police station only after the 47-day-long protests ended, sources said.
The police has made the letter a case property and were now trying to trace the writer of the letter.
The writer of the letter claimed that he had met Aasiya on the fateful day of May 29 along with Neelofar at the nearby orchards that evening.
However, they were spotted by Shakeel, prompting the two women to run away from the area, the writer of the letter said while requesting the police to investigate the matter fearing the victims may have been murdered by family members.
When contacted, Shakeel Ahanghar said he was ready to appear before the investigating agencies and face questions.
The Police is taking the help of hand-writting experts to match the samples of the letter and if possible question the classmates of the Aasiya, the sources added.