Omar Suspends 2 Docs In Shopian Case

25 June 2009
The Times of India

Srinagar: Close on the heels of suspension of four police officers and a scientist of Forensic Science Laboratory for their laxity in handling the Shopian dual rape and murder case, Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday suspended two doctors who conducted the postmortem examinations. Chief minister Omar suspended Dr Nighat Chaloo and Dr Hilal Ahmad on the recommendation of Justice (retd) Muzaffar Ahmad Jan, who last Sunday submitted an interim report to the state government holding the police and civic administration for destroying proof in the case. In his recommendation, Justice Jan stated that the two doctors failed to follow the normal procedure while conducting postmortem of the bodies of two Shopian women, who were allegedly raped and murdered by security forces last month. Justice Jan, in his interim findings, said the doctors had not taken samples of vital organs like heart, brain and spleen. Later Dr Chaloo told TOI that she had been dragged into the case without any reason. 'I was supposed to give my opinion on gynaecological aspect of the victims while other two doctors; deputy medical superintendent and deputy chief medical officer of Pulwama were supposed to conduct the postmortems.' Dr Chaloo said, 'I was on duty at Pulwama hospital on Thursday when the director, health services, called me to inform me about the suspension order. I have been working for the last 14 years and am a B-grade specialist. How can I be held irresponsible?'