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Family seeks independent probe into Shopian tragedy

28 November, 2012

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the High Court in occupied Kashmir has granted the authorities two weeks time to file their response to the fresh application by the family of Shopian rape and murder victims, seeking re-investigation by an independent body and making public the findings of the Special Investigation Team of police into the case.

As the case came up for hearing before a division bench of the court comprising Justices Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Muzaffar Hussain Attar, advocate G N Shaheen, counsel for the family of victims, moved four applications before the bench.

Besides seeking fresh probe by an independent agency and making SIT's findings public, the family also demands placement of the CBI report as well as Jan Commission report before the court.

The bench directed the authorities represented by senior Additional Advocate General, A M Magray, to file response to the applications within two weeks.

Shakeel Ahmad Ahangar, the husband of Neelofer and brother of Asiya who were murdered after molestation in Shopian in 2009, seeks the re-investigation of the case on a number of grounds.

"There are three versions pertaining to the mysterious incident. One, by the (Justice Jan) Inquiry Commission; second, by the SIT which was constituted by the High Court; and third by the CBI," Ahangar says.

"The opinion by the one-man Commission pertaining to the incident is abundantly clear that the case is of rape and murder while the report by the CBI is not clear. Thus, the justice has been made causality and purpose of trial and the investigation has been defeated," he says.

Doubts have been created, Ahangar says, in view of the manner and method of investigation conducted by the one-man commission, SIT and the CBI. "These doubts need to be cleared by re-investigation."

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