Srinagar: There was anger on the streets of Kashmir after the state erupted in protests on Monday over the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian allegedly by security men. More than 60 people including civilians and policemen have been injured.
As the violent protests spread, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tried to calm the situation.
"Preliminary investigations suggest there was no rape and no murder at the same time. The coalition government has decided to go for a judicial inquiry to bring down public dissatisfaction. A retired judge will probe the case and if he finds anyone guilty, we won't spare them," Omar Abdullah said.
The bodies of 22-year-old Neelofar and 17-year-old Asiya were found on Saturday in an orchard. Relatives and locals have accused the doctors of botching up the post mortem to shield the accused.
Locals say that doctors fled without revealing the postmortem report.
Meanwhile, the government has transferred the deputy commissioner out of Shopian and replaced him. Not wanting to be left behind, the separatists too have raised the pitch and extended the Kashmir bandh to Wednesday.
The Shopian incident has angered the people so much that they want the government to bring out the facts quickly. The Chief Minister has promised to deliver within a month's time but those demanding justice this time seem to be on a short fuse.