CHATTISINGPORA MASSACRE: 15 years on, victim families await justice

CHATTISINGPORA MASSACRE: 15 years on, victim families await justice

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG: Fifteen years after 35 Sikhs were massacred by unidentified gunmen in Chattisingpora village of this south Kashmir district, there is no closure for the families of the victims.
On the fateful evening of March 20, 2000 unidentified gunmen entered the village and killed 35 men of the Sikh community in indiscriminate firing.
Recalling the gory scene, Gurmeet Kour, whose husband was killed in the massacre, said, “At around 9 pm unidentified gunmen wearing army fatigues came and asked the male members to come out and assemble near Gurduwara.”
“My younger son had raised objection to my husband being called out but the gunmen got infuriated and abused him. They told us that they are our own people and assured that all the people would be released after an identification parade,” she said.
She said that barely ten minutes later they heard gunshots for nearly five minutes. “We rushed towards the spot only to find our loved ones lying in a pool of blood,” she said. “The horrific scene will continue to haunt me as long as I am alive,” she said.
“Fifteen years have passed since the incident but who killed our loved ones still remains a mystery,” she said.
Village head, Giani Rajender singh said that they will never stop raising voice for justice to the victims. “No successive regime in the center or state from last fourteen years has showed any seriousness to probe the massacre. But as Giani of the village I want to convey to the authorities that our voice for justice will not stop as long as we are alive,” he told Kashmir Reader.
“The families of Pathribal incident which followed the Chattisinghpora massacre at least came to know about the killers of their loved ones but the people at helm never bothered to probe and identify the killers of Sikhs,” he said.

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