Chattisinghpora killings: APSCC dismayed over delay in justice to families of 35 Sikh families
In a statement issued to media, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan
Singh Raina said that although 19 years have passed no headway whatsoever has
been made in the case. He said the delay in justice has led to disillusionment
among the members of Sikh community.
“Total 50 people were killed in Chattisinghpora
episode. It is important that justice is delivered to the victim families. At
the same time investigations need to be carried out in the sequence of events
that unfolded later on as 15 more persons belonging to majority community were
also killed in the aftermath of the Chattisinghpora massacre,” APSCC Chairman.
Raina said that since the locals countered the claims
of government that it has killed five militants involved in the killing of 35
Sikhs it is imperative that the whole incident is probed in a professional
manner so that culprits are brought to book and justice is delivered to the
Security agencies investigating are always dubious this
is known to every common Indian, that they work under influence. If Government
of India seems interested in solving the Chittinsinghpora they should conduct
inquiry which is impartial and lead by some independent body so that truth is
in front of everyone and especially Sikhs living in the valley.
He also expressed his sympathies to the families of
persons who were killed in firing of security forces at Brakpora who were
protesting against the fake encounter. He said that government should take up
the probe in a forceful manner so that the real picture comes to the fore and
people heave a sigh of relief.
“Justice Pandian who was asked to probe the incident in
his report said that the five persons claimed to be militants by the security
agencies were actually innocent residents of Brakpora. Their bodies were burnt
and hastily buried in a nearby village. Since the whole episode has come under
a cloud it is important to hold the probe in a transparent manner without any
prejudice or bias,” said the APSCC Chairman.
It would be in place to mention here that in 2000,
unidentified gunmen entered Chattisinghpora village and massacred 35 men
belonging to the minority Sikh community. The murder of Sikhs shocked the
entire Kashmir region.
“The police have so far failed to produce any hard
evidence that the persons killed in the fake encounter were involved in the
killing of Sikhs at Chattisinghpora. The committee formed by the government to
find out the culprits, has failed to solve the mystery. We urge both the state
and central government to go for fresh probe in the killings of Sikhs and make
the things clear. Pandian Commission should be allowed to further investigate
the incident as Brakpora and Chattisinghpora cases are interlinked,” said
The APSCC Chairman said that the massacre was condemned
by then President of USA, Bill Clinton. He urged the Government of India to nab
the culprits, which he later on also mentioned in his book and termed the
incident as most unfortunate incident of his life. Then chief minister of Jammu
& Kashmir Dr. Farooq Abdullah had publicly assured that the culprits will
be soon arrested. Till date the promises made by the former CM and the present
dispensation have proven to be hoax.