Kashmir Sikh Body Demands Fresh Probe Into Chattisinghpora Massacre

Srinagar: All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Saturday, on the eve of the Chattisinghpora massacre anniversary, urged the government to conduct a fresh probe in the killings so that culprits are nabbed and justice is provided to the families of the victims.

In a statement, the chairman of APSCC Jagmohan Singh Raina urged the government to go for a fresh probe into the incident and allow the Justice Pandan Commission to further investigate the incident as Brackpura and ChattisinghPora cases are interlinked.

Raina in the statement said that even after the passing of 21 years the people of Jammu and Kashmir especially the Sikhs of the valley are waiting for justice and urged the state and central governments to nab the culprits.

He said that the Indian Government has blamed the militants for the massacre and also has claimed to have killed at least five of the men who carried out the brutal massacre. “But so far India is yet to present hard evidence backing up its claims,” the Committee said in the statement.

The statement said that according to the police, nearly 20 militants carried out the massacre at Chattisinghpora and so far only five have been caught and killed which later proved wrong.

“The killed persons which the police claimed to be ‘militants’ were actually innocent residents of Brakpora proved by judicial inquiry of Justice Pandan Commission,” the statement added.

“Also their bodies were burnt and hastily buried in a nearby village. The drama created by the officials was fake and melodramatic that on their behalf they said that the militants were caught in a burning house during a gun battle and their bodies were charred beyond recognition,” the statement said.

APSCC questioned whether the men killed on that day were actually involved in the ChattisinghPora killings or not. “So far the police have failed to produce any hard evidence that they were involved — leaving many in Kashmir to question whether the security officials in the troubled region really knew who killed the men of Chattisinghpora.”

“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 UT and the Central government to go for a fresh probe in the killings of Sikhs. If they fail to do so then, we will consider it as a huge injustice with the Sikhs of Kashmir.”

After the massacre, the then CM — Dr Farooq Abdullah publicly assured that the culprits will be soon arrested as they had some clue and assured all assistance. “But till date the promises made by the former CM have proven a hoax.”

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