March 2002 News

CM assures to table DNA report of Anantnag killings in house

6 March 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah today assured the members in Legislative Assembly that the DNA tests of five terrorists killed in a joint police and army operation in March 2000 in Anantnag district of Kashmir Valley will be tabled in the House as soon as it comes from the Forensic Laboratory of Kolkota. He said the DNA samples of relatives of five terrorists were sent to forensic laboratories of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh (AP) and Kolkota in West Bengal. ''While the report from Hyderabad has come but that of Kolkota is still awaited,''. ''The Hyderabad report needs some clarification hence we can not take this report authentic,''. ''As soon as the second report comes we will put both of them before the House'', he added. Dr Abdullah was replying to a pointed reference made by the CPI (M) Legislator Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami who wanted a report from the Government on the matter in view of the report published in a national daily today. The CPI (M) member said that the report has created many doubts in the minds of the people and the Government should give a report in the House. The paper in its front page story today has mentioned that ''J&K fudges DNA samples to cover up civilian killings''. It said the DNA samples taken from the relatives of five alleged terrorists killed in a joint police, army operation in March 2000 were fudged to ensure it could not be accused of having murdered the innocent civilians in fake encounter. It may be recalled that at the time of killing the Government had said that five terrorists belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba who were responsible for killing of 35 Sikhs in Chatisinghpora in Kashmir Valley during the visit of then US President, Mr Bill Clinton to India.


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