HC Orders Arrest of Suspected Cops in Shopian Murder Case

Hearing the alleged rape and murder case of two Shopian women, Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the special investigating team (SIT) looking into the case to arrest and produce four suspected police officials in the court and get their blood samples.

Acting on a PIL filed by Kashmir High Court Bar Association, the division bench of the court comprising of Chief Justice Barin Gosh and Justice Mohammad Yaqub Mir issued aforementioned directives.

In addition to directives to SIT to collect blood samples of the suspected officials, it also ordered that the suspects should be provided with any kind of relief such as bail by any court and that all such requests should be sent to the High Court.

However, it is not exactly clear as of now as to why the court has asked for blood samples and 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.

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