Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Thursday condemned the killing of a Sikh youth in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last week, saying “the loss of human lives is deplorable”.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik said: Many attempts were made to trigger a sectarian wedge and Sikh community was targeted time and again, “but they always stood shoulder to shoulder with the majority community and the ongoing freedom struggle”.
“When the gruesome incident of Chattisingpora took place, the members of Sikh community showed wisdom, remained patient and defeated the anti-Kashmir agencies and people,” they said.
It is the collective responsibility of the leadership and “people to protect the minorities be that Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists as Islam also lay stress on protecting the members of minority community,” they added.
The Leadership said that a joint delegation of JRL will soon visit Tral and meet the family members of slain Sikh youth Simranjeet Singh and “collectively condemn the killing and reassure members of Sikh community”.
The leaders also denounced the rape of a minor Gujjar girl at Ramsoo, stating that such incidents deserve all out condemnation and those involved in attacking the chastity of the minor girl must face the stern punishment.
“Before this incident another incident had taken place at Kathua where culprits were identified while relatives and family members of the minor girl continue to await justice,” the JRL said, adding: “These incidents are aimed at creating fear among the community and make them feel threatened by groups who gain by it.”