ANANTNAG: Chattisinghpora village in this south Kashmir district Saturday remembered 35 people massacred on March 20, 2000 by unidentified gunmen.
On the evening of 20 March 2000, the unidentified uniformed men entered the village and asked the male members of the Sikh community to assemble near Gurdwara. After making them assemble the gunmen started indiscriminate firing killing 35 Sikhs on spot. On the fifteenth anniversary
of the massacre, the members of the Sikh community including the women held special prayers for the victims in a local Gurdwara. Jeet Kour, who lost four family members including her husband and two sons said that she will never be able to forget the gory scene from her memory.
“How can one forget seeing his or her two sons and a grandson lying in a pool of blood. The scene continues to haunt me every moment,” Kour told reporters on the sidelines of the remembrance meet. “The wounds that the killers have inflicted on me by snatching my husband and two
young sons from me will never heal. But the pain will ease a bit once the hidden hands behind the massacre are exposed,” she said. Village head, Giani Rajinder Singh who was also part of the special
prayers demanded an impartial probe into the incident. “When the incident took place there was BJP rule in the centre. Now it is again BJP government ruling the country and we demand that an inquiry commission be constituted to probe the massacre,” Giani said.
He said that the non-seriousness of the state and central governments in probing the incident has raised doubts in their minds. “Pathribal and Chattisinghpora incidents were inter-linked but we wonder if the people involved in Pathribal case were exposed why not in massacre of Sikhs,” he said.