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CBI arrests police officer in Kashmir sex scandal

CBI arrested a senior police officer in Srinagar for alleged involvement in the sex scandal exposed in J&K recently.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 15:22 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a senior police officer for alleged involvement in the sex scandal exposedin Jammu and Kashmirrecently.

Police sourcesin Srinagarsaid a deputy police superintendent was arrested by the CBI after he was identified by Yasmeena, the minor girl whose arrest led to the exposure of the scandal, during an identification parade at the central federal agency's camp office near Srinagar airport on Sunday.

The police officer, Muhammad Ashraf, who till recently headed Pattan sub-division in north Kashmir, had been missing for the past 10 days.

"We had relieved him ten days ago to present himself before the CBI for questioning. CBI had written to us that the police officer be directed to present himself for questioning and identification parade," said a senior police officer in Baramulla.

Yasmeena had revealed names of 56 persons, including police officers, senior bureaucrats, businessmen and 42 girls to be involved in the racket. The CBI has so far questioned over two dozen persons including senior police and civil officers in Srinagar.

A division bench of the state high court had last week pulled up the CBI for what the court said "slow progress in the case" and ordered the CBI chief to be present in the court himself on the next date of hearing.

Last month the court ordered the CBI to hold the identification parade of the accused persons named by the kingpin Sabina and the minor victim Yasmeena and also to take the 42 women and girls named by them into protective custody.

First Published: Jun 05, 2006 15:22 IST