Omar Promises To Fast-track Shopian Case Probe

28 August 2009

Srinagar: Asserting that at no point of time his government had shown any laxity in efforts to uncover the truth in the Shopian case, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday promised to “fast-track” the probe and ensure “severe punishment” to the culprits. “Nobody involved in covering up the heinous crime will be tolerated.... There is no let up in the strong will of the government to punish the culprits of Shopian crime,” Omar said interacting with a women’s delegation here. Two women were allegedly raped and killed in Shopian on May 30, a day after their abduction from their orchard, sparking violent protests in the Kashmir Valley. “Whatever, more is required to put the investigation on fast track, the government would do it positively,” Omar said. The Chief Minister said he would direct the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the incident to work round the clock and “make the investigation more pro-active” till the case is taken up by the CBI. “There should not be any laxity in the investigation at any point in time,” he said. Omar said he has made it clear number of times including on the occasion of Independence Day that his government is highly concerned about giving justice to the victims of Shopian crime. “At no point in time, the government has shown any laxity in carrying forward its determination to uncover the truth and punish those behind the crime,” he told the delegation of Independent Womens Initiative Group in Srinagar.