CBI Registers Cases In Kashmir Scandal
10 May 2006
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Wednesday saw new dimensions being added to what has become infamous as the Kashmir sex scandal with the CBI registering eight cases and two Pakistan-based militant outfits warning sleaze operators to wind up within 24 hours or 'face consequences'. Forced on the backfoot by increasing protests, the state government had ordered a CBI probe into the allegations by two teenaged girls of involvement of senior politicians, bureaucrats and police officers in the prostitution and pornography racket that surfaced in downtown Srinagar in March. Sources in the CBI, whose SCR III unit has been handed the case, said a team will leave for Srinagar on Thursday to supervise the investigations. In their complaint to the local police, registered as FIR 20 of 2006 at the Shahidganj police station, the two girls named five SSPs, several DSPs and prominent politicians as being involved in the racket. The girls also, reportedly, named one serving minister and two former ministers. Meanwhile, the Jaish-e- Mohammad and Al-Badr in a joint statement appearing in local newspapers on Wednesday alleged that 'teenaged girls are being sexploited under a conspiracy' and gave an ultimatum to operators to mend their ways within 24 hours or face consequences. The two hard- core outfits claimed that sex ring operators were active in Harwan, Brein, Nishat, Ishber in Srinagar and in Kulgam in Anantnag district. They accused the state government of 'buying time to shield the culprits that include politicians and bureaucrats' and also supported the ban on cable networks by little-known militant outfit Al-Madina regiment.