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Shopian rape-murder culprits will be brought to justice: Omar

india Updated: Sep 08, 2009 22:59 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday visited Shopian town in south Kashmir and assured the families of two women raped and murdered there on May 30 that he would not rest until the culprits of the double murder were brought to justice.

"I would rather want the murderers to be hanged till death," Omar Abdullah told a public meeting at Kareva Zora village near Shopian town.

The chief minister said he would have the double murder of Nilofar, 22, and her sister-in-law Asiya, 17, investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or any other probe agency to bring the culprits to book.

The chief minister requested the people of Shopian to come forward and help in the investigations as the government had announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh for anyone providing clues in the rape and murder.

"I reiterate my commitment here again. Until the murderers are caught and brought to the law, I will not rest," the chief minister said.

The bodies of Nilofar and Asiya were found by the side of a local stream near Shopian town May 30. The incident had triggered Valley-wide protests.

Four police officers including the then district police chief of Shopian, his deputy, an inspector and a sub-inspector of police were suspended and later arrested for negligence of duty and destruction of evidence in this case.