APSCC demands fresh probe of Chattisingpora

Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir): Demanding a fresh and impartial probe into the Chattisinghpora incident, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has criticized the state government for failing to provide minority status to Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a two-day (August 17-18) national level ‘Ethnic Sikh conference’ at Srinagar, committee members termed the government’s silence over Chattisinghpora incident as “criminal”.  

“The investigating agencies have established that the Pathribal encounter was fake. Since Chattisinghpora and Pathribal cases are interconnected, the government should order a fresh and impartial probe into it,” said Jagmohan Singh Raina, chairman of the committee. Thirty five Sikhs including children were killed in Chattisinghpora village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on the evening of March 20, 2000. Five days after the incident, the Army killed seven men in Pathribal claiming the deceased were “foreign militants” responsible for the killings. CBI, investigating the case, concluded that the Pathribal encounter was fake and the seven persons killed were civilians. Later, it submitted its report to the Supreme Court.
Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, president Sikh Student Federation said, “Killing of Sikhs in mistaken-identities can’t be tolerated as that implies a genocide of minority community.”

Raina alleged that they are being neglected both by the state and the Centre. “Owing to discrimination, Sikhs have started a slow migration to outside state.” The Committee August 18 threatened to start a protest march from city-centre here to Parliament in case their demands aren’t met.