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'Shopian report character assassination'

india Updated: Jul 12, 2009 13:41 IST

The relatives of the two women found raped and murdered in Kashmir's Shopian town have rejected the judicial commission report which, while indicting local police officials for destruction of evidence, also sought investigation of the role of some family members.

Relatives of Nilofar Jan, 22, and her sister-in-law Asiya Jan, 17, termed the one-man Justice (retired) Muzaffar Jan commission report -- released to public Friday -- as "character assassination" for seeking a thorough investigation into the character and possible involvement of Nilofar's husband and brother-in-law in the incident.

The relatives of the victims have also threatened to proceed against Justice Jan.

The Shopian agitation committee, formed in the wake of the crime, has also rejected the probe findings, terming it as "a cover up operation".

Meanwhile, the Kashmir Bar Association has termed the Justice Jan commission's report as a "kitchen report".

In a statement, local bar association president Mian Qayoom said the commission had commented on the character of the relatives of the victims which was not included in the commission's terms of reference.

"It has not identified the culprits," he said.