Kashmir Sikh body calls for fresh probe into Chittisinghpora killings

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Srinagar: As per media reports Sikh body All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee here Tuesday demanded a fresh probe into the Chittisinghpora massacre in Kashmir in which 35 Sikhs were allegedly killed by some unidentified gummen.

“We urge both the state and central governments to go for fresh probe into the killings of Sikhs (at Chittinsinghpora on March 20, 2000),” All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said in a statement here.

Raina said although 18 years have passed since the massacre, no headway had been made in the case. The delay in justice has led to disillusionment among the members of Sikh community, he added.

A total of 50 people were killed in the Chittisinghpora episode. It is important that justice is delivered to the victim families, Raina said.

He said since the locals countered the claims of the government that it security forces killed five militants involved in the killing of 35 Sikhs, it was imperative that the whole incident be probed so that culprits were brought to book and justice delivered to the affected families.

Nanak Singh

The Chittisinghpura Massacre refers to the cold blooded murder of 35 Sikhs, which occurred on the evening of March 20, 2000 at small Jammu and Kashmir village called “Chittisinghpura”. The massacre was carried out by about 20 unidentified gunmen.

Wearing Indian Army fatigues, the killers, who came into the village in two groups at separate ends of the village where the two Gurdwaras were located, first lined the Sikhs, up in front of their Gurdwaras and opened fire, resulting in a large number of deaths.

The sole survivor of the massacre was Nanak Singh, who was first saved by falling under someone who had been shot and then was wounded in the pelvis, as a second round of individual shots were fired through the pile of dead and dying men, to finish them off.

His sons Gurmeet Singh (16) and brother Darbari Singh (30) and three first cousins were among the dead. His oldest son was away at the time.

 

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