The editorial “Get to the truth on Shopian” (Aug. 13) has rightly exhorted the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to bring out the truth behind the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian. With the revelation that the DNA samples sent for testing were fake, the credibility of the State investigation team has taken a beating. The State government cannot escape responsibility as its repeated bungling in the case has led to unrest in the Valley. The handing over of the case to the CBI is a step in the right direction.

J. Anantha Padmanabhan,

Srirangam

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Congratulations to The Hindu on unravelling the truth in the case of the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian. It has led the opposition in Jammu and Kashmir to question the government on the fabrication of the victims’ DNA samples and the case being handed over to the CBI. It is shocking to note that the doctors who conducted the two sets of autopsies on the victims were non-specialists. The Omar Abdullah government’s complacence is regrettable.

Shafee Ahmed Ko,

Chennai

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The Hindu exposé proves how misguided public pressure based on vested interests can work on the investigation to manipulate quick fire results. It is a lesson which the citizens belonging to all communities must learn. They should not make hasty sectarian and partisan conclusions depending on which side of the spectrum they belong. It is important to adopt an analytical approach based on the available factual data during crisis situations.

Kasim Sait,

Chennai

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The sequence of events on the Shopian rape-murder case makes shocking reading. Investigators are supposed to unravel the truth and bring the perpetrators of crime to justice. Instead, we find our investigating authorities manipulating the truth to cover up criminals.

S. Varadarajan,

Pallathur

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