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J&K sex racket: Victim fails to identify accused

Yasmeena has identified six of the 23 people paraded before her by the CBI and four of them have been arrested.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 20:45 IST

A teenaged victim of the sex racket in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday failed to identify any of the suspects paraded before her by the CBI, which is gearing up to conduct another test identification parade involving some political figures.

CBI sources said two persons named by Yasmeena, the teenager who was allegedly pushed into the racket, were mixed with a dozen other people in Tuesday's parade but she could identify no one.

So far, she has identified six of the 23 people including senior police officials paraded before her by the CBI and four of them have been arrested.

The CBI is now set to parade some political figures before her as the agency has to submit a status report to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on June 2. The next hearing by the court on that date will be held in-camera.

The state police and CBI have arrested seven people, including Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the racket, in connection with the scandal that sparked widespread protests across the Kashmir Valley this month.

The CBI is corroborating every name given by Yasmeena as she did not have complete knowledge about "her visitors" and it was Sabeena who used to identify the people for the girl.

The CBI, which took over the case this month, has so far arrested Maqsood and Shabir Langu, who allegedly filmed a minor girl with a mobile camera phone and made video CDs that were circulated in Srinagar.

The High Court Bar Association has urged the CBI to also probe 14 cases registered earlier by the state police, sources said, adding while the high court too favoured this, formal orders were yet to be issued by it.

First Published: May 30, 2006 20:45 IST