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Doctors charged in Shopian case

Doctors, who were involved in the preliminary investigations in the Shopian case, have been charged with fudging evidence during the course of investigation, in a bid to defame the securtiy forces.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2010 12:58 PM IST

The Jammu and Kashmir government has charged the team of doctors who carried out autopsies on two women in south Kashmir's Shopian town last May with fudging evidence to defame the police and the security forces.

"It had been found that the accused doctors fabricated and fudged the slides with an objective of defaming the police and security forces, thereby violating Rule 3 of J&K Employees Act 1971," says a state government chargesheet against the doctors.

"The conduct and behaviour of the doctors had been prima facie found to have become cause of general strikes in the state and also resulted in the deaths of civilians," the chargesheet adds.

Two women, Nilofar Jan, 22, and her sister-in-law Asiya Jan, 17, were found dead by the side of a stream in Shopian town on May 29 last year, triggering a Valley-wide agitation with people alleging that the duo had been raped and subsequently murdered by the security forces.

The allegations had been triggered by the utterances of a lady doctor posted in Shopian town who carried out the autopsies of the dead women along with other local doctors.

After the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), fresh autopsies were conducted and sustained interrogation of the local doctors revealed that scientific evidence about the deaths of the two women had been fudged to give credibility to the allegations that the women had been raped and then murdered by members of the security forces.

Eventually, the CBI investigations confirmed that the two women had died due to drowning. The state government has based its chargesheet on the CBI findings.

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