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Sikh youth’s killing: Sikh sarpanchs, panchs resign in protest

Srinagar, Jan 9: Following the killing of a Sikh youth by unknown gunmen in Tral, about 30 Sarpanchs and Panchs from the Sikh community have resigned en masse in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) however said the authorities are yet to accept their resignations.

“All those Sikhs who recently won Sarpanchs and Panchs elections, about 25 to 30 in number, have resigned en-masse in Pulwama in view of security concerns, following killing of a Sikh youth in Tral on Friday.

The youth, identified as Simranjeet Singh, alias Suman Singh, is the brother of a sarpanch,” APSCC said.

Simranjeet was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Tral area on Friday noon.

Meanwhile, expressing anguish on the alleged silence of pro-freedom leaders over the killing of the Sikh youth, the APSCC Wednesday said some vested interests are trying to harm the centuries-old communal harmony in the Valley. (With inputs from UNI)