J&K police collect fresh blood samples
9 March 2002
The Times of India
M SALEEM PANDIT
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir police collected fresh blood samples on Saturday from the relatives of the five civilians killed in a fake encounter at Panchalthan in Pathribal in Anantnag district in south Kashmir in March 2000. This development took place after chief minister Farooq Abdullah announced the formation of a one-man commission to inquire into the incident and the fudging of earlier DNA samples revealed by The Times of India on Wednesday last.Assuming responsibility on behalf of the government, the CM had on Friday announced that retired high court judge G A Kuchay would head the inquiry commission and identify the persons involved in the tampering of blood samples and the killing of the five civilians. The commission has been asked to submit the report within two months.According to sources, the blood samples were collected in the presence of the IG of Jammu at Anantnag. He had arrived here on Friday along with J&K DGP A K Suri.However, deviating from the instructions of the CM, the DNA samples were collected by a doctor from a government medical college and not by the Soura Institute of Medical Sciences. However, the principal of the medical college, Dr Abdul Rouf, said he did not have any knowledge of the collection of the samples by a doctor from his college.The sources said the fresh samples will be kept in police custody here before being sent to various laboratories for tests. The CM, who was also here, was apprised of the collection of the samples by Suri. The DIG and SSP of Anantnag were not available for their comments.