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Shopian rape-murder: HC orders arrest of sacked cops

SP Shopian Javid Iqbal Mattoo, Dy SP Rohit Baskotra were suspended.

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Updated:July 15, 2009, 2:41 PM IST
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Shopian rape-murder: HC orders arrest of sacked cops
SP Shopian Javid Iqbal Mattoo, Dy SP Rohit Baskotra were suspended.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed the special investigating team probing the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian to arrest and produce the four suspended police officers in the court and get their blood samples.

The division bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Barin Gosh and Justice Mohammad Yaqub Mir gave the direction on a PIL filed by Kashmir High Court Bar Association.

Besides directing the SIT to get the blood samples of the four officers in presence of the court registrar, it ordered that no relief including bail should be granted by any court to these four suspended police officers and all such

requests be sent to the high court.

It was not immediately clear why the court had asked for the blood samples. The detailed order was yet to be made available.

The court also requested the Central Government to provide facilities for narco analysis of the four police officers.

Justice Gosh also appealed to the people of Shopian to end the strike and cooperate with the investigating team.

The four police officers including the then SP Shopian Javid Iqbal Mattoo and his deputy Rohit Baskotra were suspended on June 22, a day after the one-man judicial commission that probed the case submitted an interim report to the government.

The court had on July four directed exhumation of the bodies of the two women to collect their DNA samples and for a fresh post-mortem subject to permission of the family members.

Bodies of 17-year-old Asiya and her 22-year-old sister-in-law Neelofar were recovered near a stream in Shopian on May 30 triggering massive protests in the Kashmir valley and strikes.

The Jan Commission probing the case had recommended action against the four police officers. It had said that the four officers had failed to follow the set procedures after the bodies of Neelofar and Asiya were recovered.

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