Reiterating its demand for a fresh probe into the killing of 36 Sikhs in 2000 under mysterious circumstances in Chattisinghpora in south Kashmir, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) said the people of the state are still waiting for the culprits to be brought to book as the government has failed to find out the truth behind the incident.
“After 17 years, the people of J&K, especially the Sikhs, of the valley are still waiting for the justice. We urge the state and central government to nab the culprits of Chattisinghpora killing. It is unfortunate that the government is silent on an issue which was highlighted world over in March 20, 2000 and has claimed the lives of more than 50 people, including 35 innocent Sikhs. We shall not rest till the real culprits of this massacre are brought to justice,” APSCC chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said.
He said in 2000, unidentified gunmen had entered a quiet Kashmiri village and massacred 35 men. “The men who were killed belonged to the minority Sikh community and their murder shocked the entire Kashmir – a region wrecked by separatism violence for more than a decade. The Central Government has blamed these murders on militants and claimed of killing at least five of the men who carried out the brutal massacre. But so far central government has yet to present hard evidence backing up its claims,” he said.
He said according to the police, nearly 20 unidentified gunmen carried out the killings at Chattisinghpora.
“Security forces claimed to have killed five gunmen responsible for the Chattisinghpora incident, but later judicial enquiry of Justice Pandan Commission revealed that they were innocent civilians, who were killed in a fake encounter,” he said.
“So far the Committee made by the Government to find out the culprits, has failed to solve the mystery of killings of Sikhs in Kashmir. Now we urge the State and Central government to go for fresh probe in the killings of Sikhs. If they failed to do so then, we will consider it as a huge injustice with the Sikhs of Kashmir,” Mr Raina said.
On this fateful day, APSCC, even after two decade, urge the government to conduct fresh probe in the killings so that culprits are nabbed and justice is provided to the families of the victims, he said.