SRINAGAR: On the 21 anniversary of Chattisinghpora massacre the All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee(APSCC), has urged the government to conduct fresh probe in the killings so that culprits are nabbed and justice is provided to the families of the victims.
Jagmohan Singh Raina chairman APSCC urged the government to go for fresh probe into the incident and allow the Justice Pandan Commission to further investigate the incident as Brackpura and Chattisinghpora case are interlinked. He also urged the people of state to be united for communal harmony and solve their long pending issues.
In 2000, unidentified gunmen had entered a quiet Kashmiri village of India and massacred 35 men. The men who were killed belonged to the minority Sikh community and their murder shocked the entire Kashmir – a region wrecked by separatist violence for more than a decade. Indian Government has blamed these murders on separatist militants and acclaims of killing at least five of the men who carried out the brutal massacre. But so far India has yet to present hard evidence backing up its claims.
But the questions still remain unanswered. According to the police, nearly 20 militants carried out the massacre at Chattisinghpora and so far only five have been caught and killed which was later on proved wrong. The killed persons which the police claimed to be ‘militants’ were actually innocent residents of Brackpura proved by judicial enquiry of Justice Pandan Commission. Also their bodies were burnt and hastily buried in a nearby village. The drama created by the officials was a fake and so 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.
We in Kashmir are questioning 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 that 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 fresh probe in the killings of Sikhs. If they failed to do so then, we will consider it as a huge injustice with the Sikhs of Kashmir.