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Shopian case: Will truth ever come out?

india Updated: Aug 12, 2009 21:17 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Even after 75 days of probe by police’s special teams, a judicial commission and huge outrage over the rape and murder of two young women of Shopian, suspense continues to rule as to exactly what happened to those two souls. Now it is the turn of CBI to come into frame and do its bit.

But will it find answers, skepticism prevails.

The Government has decided to hand over the case to the premier investigating agency CBI, in the hope to investigate the matter further. So, it becomes clear that all the investigations so far have drawn blank.

It is not for the first time that the blood or DNA samples have been mixed up or fudged or tampered with. It's almost a recall of the story when the DNA samples of five villagers, who were dubbed as terrorists and killers of 35 Sikhs of Chittisinghpora, and were shot dead in a fake encounter in Pathribal in Anantnag district in South Kashmir in March 2000. Their bodies were exhumed and the samples were fudged then, too.

“We will investigate until the truth comes out and whosoever is found guilty would be severely punished,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has been saying it ever since the bodies of Nelofar, 22, and Asiaya, 17, were found from a stream.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has been rightly asking, “how long would it take to bring culprits to justice” and reminded everyone in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that “it was not a matter of any contest between National Conference and PDP, but a matter that concerns the humanity.”

The common sense says that now the probe can progress only if the bodies of the two are exhumed, fresh DNA samples are taken and sent to Forensic Laboratory with a reputation of bringing out clear pictures. And the best course, as it happened before too that samples should be simultaneously sent to two or more FSL laboratories to bring out the truth.

Shopian rape and murder case has raised questions over the credibility of too many institutions, now it’s the turn of the CBI, which would be handed over this case, to live upto its reputation - to identify the culprits. Will it do so? The question is staring wide.