Panel Probing Shopian Incident To Have First Sitting On Jun 8

4 June 2009

Srinagar: The one-man judicial commission probing the death of two women in Shopian town that sparked violent protests in Kashmir Valley will hold its first sitting on Monday, the enquiry panel said while assuring 'full protection' to all persons appearing before it. The commission headed by Justice (retd) Muzaffer Jan, appointed by the government after the outcry over the death of the women who went missing from an orchard under mysterious circumstances last week, has sought statements from those having knowledge of circumstances relating to the incident, according to a notification issued by the Commission. Persons, who submit such affidavits or statements of facts or allegations, will be summoned to appear before the Commission of Inquiry to give oral evidence on the dates to be fixed for the purpose, the notification said adding sittings of the Commission will generally be held at Shopian. However, the Commission at its discretion may change the venue, if required, the notification adds. The notification said 'full protection will be extended to all persons appearing before the Commission, the proceedings of which are judicial under J&K Commission of Inquiry Act'. Bodies of Nelofar (22) and her sister-in-law Asiya (17) were recovered from a stream on Saturday in Shopian, 52 kms from here, triggering massive protests in the Valley that left at least one dead and 100 injured yesterday. In the event of any person wanting to share any information in confidence with the Commission, he may contact the Secretary of the Commission, it said.