Police suspended in Kashmir case
The alleged rapes and murders have generated much anger
The suspension of four police officers has been ordered in Indian-administered Kashmir in connection with the alleged rape and murder of two women there.
The move follows recommendations made in an interim report from a judicial commission to prosecute certain officials for tampering with evidence.
The government has also ordered the suspension of an official at the forensic science laboratory.
The bodies of the women were found on 30 May, prompting weeks of protests.
After the discovery of the bodies in a canal in the town of Shopian, the government initially maintained that the two women had died in an accident and that they had not been raped or killed.
However, the police later registered a case of both rape and murder.
The incident seriously challenged the credibility and ability of the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, who subsequently ordered a judicial inquiry into the case.
The report, by retired judge Justice Muzaffar Jan, was submitted on Sunday and made several key recommendations.
These included a recommendation to prosecute four police officers for "destroying evidence" pertaining to the case.
The deaths of the women have triggered widespread demonstrations in the Kashmir valley, during which at least two youths have been killed and hundreds wounded.
A series of strikes over the incident brought parts of the valley to a virtual standstill.
Police fire on Kashmir protesters
New protests began after police broke up earlier demonstrations
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have fired on thousands of protesters demonstrating against the alleged rape and murder of two young women.
Tear gas and live rounds were used to break up the march in Shopian town.
Protesters accuse Indian paramilitary forces of raping and killing the women. On Sunday police said forensic tests showed the women had been raped.
Protests over the deaths have raged in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley since the bodies were found on 30 May.
One protester died during clashes last week with police, after being hit on the head by a tear gas shell.
More than 140 others have so far been wounded, about 40 of them during clashes on Monday.
At least four people were taken to hospital with bullet wounds after the clashes in Shopian on Monday, the BBC's Altaf Hussain in Srinagar says.
'Case of rape'
Our correspondent says police have imposed curfew-like restrictions in the city and some other towns in the valley to prevent marchers reaching Shopian.
Shops are closed and schools, colleges and many government offices are shut across the valley.
The strike has been called by senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Mr Geelani, who had called on people to march to Shopian on Monday, was arrested on Saturday night.
The bodies of the two young women were found in a canal in the town of Shopian on 30 May. They had gone missing the previous evening.
The cause of their deaths is still being investigated, but police say a post-mortem examination shows they were raped.
"The forensic lab report indicates that an offence has taken place," inspector general of police B Srinivas told the BBC.
"We have registered a case of rape and taken up investigation."
The state government announced an inquiry into the allegations last Monday, insisting that the "initial findings do not suggest either rape or murder".
Incidents like this sadden me greatly and make me reflect on my own incompetency. However as a Kashmiri I often feel this Jihad is neglected, am I mistaken?