Nivedita | 14 Jul 2009

Amid a complete shutdown on the 38 th day in Shopian as a mark of protest against rape and murder of two women, The Majlis-e-Mushawarat (consultative committee), spearheading the agitation on Tuesday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in imparting justice to the people.

“We appeal to the Prime Minister, not in his official capacity, but as the father of (his) daughters, to give justice to us. It is enough now,” spokesman of Mushawarat M Shafi Khan said at a Press conference.

He said that Mushawarat has no faith in present “corrupt system” that attempted to hush up the case from the beginning.

“This is happening in Gandhi’s and Nehru’s India. I once again question the conscience of Shiekh Abdullah on his decision to impose such a political class on us,” he said.

Khan said that the official probe was an exercise of hoodwinking. “It is quite baffling that police personnel who were posted at Shopian police station have not been interrogated. If the mystery of the murders has to be unraveled, they (cops) are the key to open it,” he said. He claimed that the Government was attempting to hush up the case.

“Why despite the High Court orders, narco analysis of police officers is not being done. Why two senior police officers named by the High Court have not joined the probe,” he asked.

Shakil Ahmad Ahanger, who is husband of Neelofar and brother of Aasiya, two rape victims, revealed that SHO had requested the hospital authorities to conduct autopsy of the victims and even samples were taken and sealed in 12 jars purchased by him from the market at the instructions of the doctors. “Where have those 12 jars gone,” he asked.

He named several doctors and police officers, including then SP Javed Iqbal, who “tried to hush up the case in the beginning to pass it off as a case of accident”.

He said that he was not averse to exhumation of bodies for effective probe but questioned as to why the evidence destroyers are being spared. “They are asking for exhumation of bodies but do not interrogate those who are alive and involved,” he said.

The Mushawarat declared that the shut down in Shopian would continue until the perpetrators of crime are not identified and booked.