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Probe panel has identified culprits: Reports

The judicial commission of inquiry looking into the rape and murder of two young women in Shopian that has led to widespread protests in the Valley has “identified culprits of the crime despite loss of the initial evidence”, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2009 00:38 IST
Arun Joshi

The judicial commission of inquiry looking into the rape and murder of two young women in Shopian that has led to widespread protests in the Valley has “identified culprits of the crime despite loss of the initial evidence”, sources have said.

On Saturday, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had ordered that the bodies of the two women be exhumed.

The commission will reveal the identity of the culprits in its final report to be submitted on July 10, a source in the commission, who didn’t wish to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media, told HT on Sunday.

The commission, said the source, had “ neither received any request nor it considered exhumation of bodies”.

It is a sensitive matter and even the high court said the family’s permission should be sought. Though it was suggested to the commission in face of the charges that a proper post-mortem was not conducted, sources in the government said.

On Saturday, the court said the bodies be exhumed and fresh post-mortem carried out.

Justice (retd) Muzaffar Jan was on June 1 asked to inquire into the rape and murder of Neloofar, 22, and her sister-in-law, Asiya 17. Their bodies were found from a stream on May 30.

Justice (retd) Jan was earlier scheduled to submit the report by June 30.

Fingers have been pointed at the Central Reserve Police Force and police personnel camping in the area.

The source in know of the progress of the investigation said “we’ll identify the culprits. That’s what we are trying.”

In its interim report the commission had charged officials with negligence for loss of evidence. Five officials have been suspended.