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CBI team takes over J&K sex scam case

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
May 12, 2006 03:07 IST
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Specially constituted team of the Central Bureau of Investigtion formally took over the charge from the Jammu and Kashmir police in the alleged sex scandal case that has been rocking the valley for over a week now.

The investigation team according to a press handout issued by the CBI on Thursday evening would be headed by an officer of the rank of deputy inspector general of police and he would be assisted by three lady police officers.

"The CBI has taken up the investigation of FIR No. 20/2006 dated14.3.2006 of Shaheed Ganj Police Station, Srinagar on the request of the J&K government. The case was registered on Wednesday," the note said.

State government has requested the CBI to probe the case as it wanted fair and impartial investigations into the sex scandal in which 43 women including teenaged girls were forcibly pushed into prostitution by a woman pimp and some other who thrived on sex racket.

These girls were blackmailed by the pimps who had taken nude clips of the girls and women in action and threatened to expose them if they did not oblige.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir police names of senior police officers and several political bigwigs are likely to figure during the investigations. Already two deputy superintendents of police have been summoned for questioning.

"CBI despatched a team headed by a DIG to Srinagar to investigate the allegation of sexual exploitation of women on Thursday. The CBI team will carry out the investigation with promptness and utmost transparency, however high and mighty the culprits may be. The team also has women officers in it," said the CBI press release.

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Onkar Singh in New Delhi