Police not guilty in Shopian case: CBI

New Delhi: It was an investigation that lasted two months but the CBI has finally completed their probe into the death of two women in Shopian earlier this year.

The agency will file its final report on December 14 in a Srinagar court.

NDTV has learnt that the CBI has given a clean chit senior policemen who were accused in the case.

When CBI files the final report explaining the death of Asiya and Niloufer, four police officers who were in custody for 59 days and are now on bail will have a sigh of relief.

The then Superintendent of Police of Shopian, Javed Iqbal Mattoo; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rohit Baskota; Station House Officer, Shafiq Ahmed; and Sub-inspector, Gazi Abdul Rehman will be cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of the two women.

Last month, NDTV reported how witnesses made accusations about the police under pressure

"I was forced to make a statement before the judge. So I said there were masked men and a police vehicle. There was nothing like that, there were no masked men or police vehicles. I was forced to say this," said Ghulam Mohiuddin, a witness in the case.
 
CBI's final report also rules out that Asiya and Niloufer were raped or murdered and citing AIIMS's forensic report concludes that it was a case of drowning. The medical report says the autopsy found soil and water from the river in both women's lungs and other organs.

Doctors concluded that if the women were murdered and thrown into the river, the body would have got air locked and river material would not have got into their organs.

But this merely shows that the women were alive when they went into the water. It, however, can't be ruled out that someone might have pushed them.

CBI sources say they ruled out murder and suicide because not one witness came forward to say that they had noticed anything untoward or any struggle.

 
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