Special Cell To Probe Death Of Two J&K Women

31 May 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: The south Kashmir town of Shopian continued to reel under heightened tension as protests against the mysterious death of two young women continued for the second day. The police have set up a Special Investigation Cell to probe the incident and the government has set a 48-hour deadline to identify the killers. Neelofar (22) and Asiya (17) went missing on Friday from Shopian and their bodies were recovered from nearby rivulet on Saturday morning with bruises all over. Asiya was the sister-in-law of Neelofar. Locals and relatives alleged that there was conspiracy behind the killing saying that the women were raped and murdered. The death sent shock waves in the area and thousands of people took to the streets demanding justice. They set on fire government property and damaged scores of vehicles. On Sunday too anger was high on the streets and the police were seen trying to pacify the agitators. Inspector-General of Police Kashmir zone B. Sirinivas assured the demonstrators that the guilty would not be spared. At a news conference, he said the Special Investigation Cell would be headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police. “At this stage we cannot frame an opinion and we are waiting for the autopsy report from the Forensic Sciences Laboratory,” he said.