More heads roll in Shopian case

Written by Press Trust of India | Srinagar | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 03:49am hrs
Two doctors, who performed the autopsy of the victims of the rape and murder in Shopian, have been suspended following the recommendation of a judicial inquiry into the incident that had sparked violent protest in the Kashmir Valley.

Bilal Ahmed and Nighat Shaheen were placed under suspension this afternoon for their failure to follow due procedure during the autopsy of the two women who were allegedly raped and murdered in Shopian on May 30, official sources said.

The J&K government had suspended four policemen including the then superintendent of police of Shopian and a forensic official a day after receiving the interim report of the Muzaffar Jan commission on June 21.

The commission had recommended departmental action and inquiry against the doctors who conducted the post-mortem for not taking the samples of heart and brain of the bodies for forensic tests.

Director general of police Kuldeep Khoda has deputed IG(CID) Farooq Khan to conduct a probe into the lapses as pointed out by the panel in its interim report.

The commission, set up after massive protests rocked the Valley, however, remained silent over the cause of the death of the two women, but said ...the way police tried to destroy evidence, the needle of suspicion pointed towards them.

The bodies of Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Neelofar Jan (22) were recovered in Shopian on May 30 after they went missing from their orchard on May 29.