Omar Welcomes HC Directive

4 July 2009
Kashmir Observer

Srinagar: Welcoming the High Court’s orders on the Shopian outrage, the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, today said that those involved in the rape and murder of the two victims would not be spared but brought to book.He said that the re-examination of the bodies would bring the actual facts to light and give crucial clues about the guilty. The chief minister said that the government would welcome every step that would prove effective in tracing those guilty in the Shopian case. “The government wants that those involved in the crime to be identified and punished so that the public anger against the government is cooled,” the chief minister said. “The High Court’s orders of exhuming the bodies of Aasiya and Neelofar are correct and the need of the hour as a re-examination of the victims would enable to address the shortcoming in the previous post-mortems,” he said. The chief minister reminded that the interim report submitted by the Justice (retd) Muzaffar Jan commission had pointed out certain lacunae in the post-mortems, adding that the High Court orders would help in establishing the cause of death and bring out the real facts. He said that the entire valley had been gripped by protests after the incident, and that Shopian and its adjoining areas were still under tension. The chief minister claimed that the government had set up the Justice Jan commission immediately after the incident, and said that all the police officers and the forensic expert who had shown negligence in the duties had been suspended on the recommendations of the probe panel. Replying to a question, the chief minister said that an exact time estimate could not be given about how long it would take to track down the guilty. “It may take several days, or even weeks,” he said. He, however, said that the investigation was on the right track and that the guilty would be brought to book soon. On being asked when the bodies of the two victims would be exhumed, the chief minister said that there was no question of delay on this account as the High Court had already issued its orders.