CBI has questioned four lawyers, including public prosecutor Mushtaq Ahamed Gattoo, in connection with unrest in Shopian town of South Kashmir where the bodies of two women were found in May this year.
The lawyers were summoned by the CBI for recording their statements during which all the four, including Gattoo, were questioned for allegedly infulencing some of the witnesses to make statements before the Jan Commission and the court in Shopian, a township famous for its apples.
Ahead of their questioning, two witnesses, who had recorded in their confessional statements before a magistrate earlier claiming that they had heard cries of women coming from a police vehicle, backtracked from their statement and claimed before CBI that they were forced to make such a statement before the court and Jan Commission, the sources said.
They said this same statement of the two, identified as Abdul Rashid and Ghulam Mohiduddin Lone, was recorded afresh before the Chief Judicial Magistrate.
The Shopian township had witnessed a 47-day protest after bodies of Neelofar and Aasiya were recovered from a stream in Shopian in the last week of May. It was alleged the two have been raped and murdered.