Shopian rape case: FIRs filed as protests enter seventh day

Last Updated: Sun, Jun 07, 2009 19:33 hrs

Srinagar: A case of rape was registered by the police on Sunday in the death of two women under mysterious circumstances over which separatist-sponsored protests in the Valley entered the seventh day while hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was arrested and booked for allegedly encouraging violence.

Amid charges that the two young women were allegedly raped and murdered, highly-placed sources in the Jammu and Kashmir government said a rape case under Section 376 IPC has been registered by the state police and further investigation was being carried out.

The case was filed even as Congress, a partner in the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, backed the demand of opposition and its former ally PDP for filing a rape and murder casein connection with the Shopian incident.

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State Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saif-ud-din Soz, who was sent to the state by party President Sonia Gandhi to monitor the situation, said in a statement, "I urged the Chief Minister that in spite of the judicial inquiry that has been announced, an FIR must be registered by the police on the mysterious circumstances, in which allegedly two innocent girls were murdered."

The bodies of Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Nelofar(22) were fished out of a stream in Shopian, 52 km from here, last week after they went missing from an orchard.

Geelani was picked last night from his Hyderpora residence followed by his trusted aide Naeem Khan. Both were booked today. He was arrested hours after he announced a week-long protest against the incident from tomorrow and a march to Shopian, officials said. 

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