The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), now in session at New Delhi, has issued the following statement:
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses its condemnation of the ghastly incident of rape and murder of two young women in Shopian, Kashmir that occurred on May 29, 2009. The initial efforts of the local administration to cover-up the truth and to pass it off as an incident of drowning is extremely reprehensible. Now autopsy reports by the Forensic Science Laboratory have confirmed that rape had occurred and even gang-rape cannot be ruled out.
It is most unfortunate that this horrific incident took place soon after the Lok Sabha elections at a time when hopes had been raised that some semblance of normalcy was returning to the state and when very large numbers of tourists from all over the country had started visiting the Valley.