Doctor Breaks Down
Srinagar, Sept 27: A doctor, who had prepared the vaginal slides of Aasiya and Neelofar, raped and murdered in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on May 29 this year, is understood to have told the Central Bureau of Investigation, that no samples from the duo had ever been taken.
The doctor, who was a part of the second team from Pulwama District Hospital to conduct the postmortem, was questioned by the CBI team, PTI quoted sources as saying.
She broke down during questioning and narrated the entire sequence of events to the CBI officials, saying that no vaginal swabs of the victims were ever taken.
The sources claimed that the doctor had taken samples from gloves used in the gynecological ward of the District Hospital and prepared a slide which showed presence of semen.
While the CBI remained tightlipped about the case, sources said, the doctor informed the agency that it was done as public pressure was mounting.
The CBI had raided the Pulwama District Hospital last night and seized several pairs of gloves and records. The team, according to the sources, was accompanied by the doctor.
The CBI took over the investigation into the case on September 17 and a team headed by deputy inspector-general, Satish Golcha, has been camping here since then. The agency’s special director, S C Sinha, had also visited the Valley recently to take stock of the situation.
Last month it came to fore that key forensic evidence relating to the vaginal swabs of the two victims did not match with that of Neelofar and Aasiya.
The Special Investigating Team of Jammu and Kashmir police had sent these to Central Forensic Science Laboratory for making a DNA profile of the tissue cells present on the slides.
According to the daily diary of the case, the slides, prepared inside the District Hospital, were taken to the residence of the doctor, questioned by the CBI, where these were sealed and handed over to the FSL.
It may be mentioned that in the first medical team, the doctor had deposed before the One-Man Justice Jan Commission stating that she could not conduct the examination of vagina of the victims because of ‘rigor mortis’ (stiffness in the body after death).
The second lady doctor had stunned everyone by claiming that she had been able to take the vaginal swab and also prepare the slides for forensic examination.
Ahead of the CBI investigations, the state government had appointed the Commission headed by Justice (retd) Muzzafar Jan.