Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation was given permission on Thursday to exhume the bodies of two women of Shopian who were allegedly raped and killed in May.

Sources told The Hindu that the CBI team, investigating the case, moved an application before District and Sessions Judge Syed Tawqeer Ahmad, seeking the court’s permission and the consent of the victims’ families to exhume the bodies for starting the investigation afresh.

Subsequently the District Judge transferred the application to the Munsiff of Shopian, who recorded the consent of Shakeel Ahmad, husband of one of the woman, and Abdul Hai, the father of the other. “It [consent] was later authenticated and given to the CBI,” the sources said.

The CBI would not seek any formal permission from an executive magistrate to exhume bodies for taking fresh samples for forensic tests, the sources said.

A Special Investigation Team of the Jammu and Kashmir police had investigated the case, but failed to reach any conclusion in wake of the “destruction of evidence.”

The government had also constituted a judicial commission, headed by Justice (Retd.) Muzaffar Jan. The commission submitted its findings, but did not finger the culprits.