Shopian ‘double rape and murder’ anniversary

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Shopian ‘double rape and murder’, a sit-in was staged Thursday near Rambiara Nallah, where the bodies of the two women, Asiya and Nelofar, were found on this day in 2009.
Carrying placards and banners which read ‘Shopian tragedy conclusion: Outcome of occupation’, scores of people, including family members of the two women, held a sit-in for more than three hours.
Shakeel Ahmad Ahanger, brother of Asiya and husband of Nelofar, who led the sit-in, said the protest was aimed to convey that they have not forgotten the victims.
“We want to tell the people who think the case is a closed chapter that we will keep fighting for justice till our last breath,” Shakeel told reporters.
Reports said the sit-in was also joined by chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Parveena Ahangar and her associates.
However, most of the members of Majlis-i-Mashawarat, which spearheaded the 47-day agitation in Shopian over the ‘double rape and murder’ skipped the remembrance meet organized by the family. The Majlis, which organised seminar on the previous anniversaries of the tragedy, chose to remain silent this year.
The two young women were allegedly kidnapped by the uniformed men on May 28, 2009. Their bodies were found the next morning at two different spots in Rambiara Nallah. The incident triggered massive protests across the Valley. The case was after being investigated by the judicial commission and special investigation team (SIT) of police was handed over to CBI. The CBI concluded that the two had died of drowning. However the drowning theory was out-rightly rejected by the Shopian people and civil rights activists.