Srinagar, Nov 12: Dozens of Sikhs of Monday staged a protest against the alleged discrimination with them, demanding abrogation of SRO-425. Dozens of Sikhs under the banner of Kashmir Sikh Community assembled at Pratap Park here and chanted slogans like ‘we want justice’. The protesting Sikh community expressed their resentment against what they termed as unconstitutional SRO-425 giving favours on religious line to a particular community by ignoring genuine minorities of Valley. “The Sikh Community is being ignored time and again. We demand the SO-425 should be abrogated,” the protesters said, adding that the peaceful protest was today organized to highlight the indiscrimination with the Sikh community. Jagmohan Singh Raina, a protester who is also the chairman of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) said that already one orders was made four years back but that wasn’t implemented on ground. “However, one similar order (SRO-425) has now been implemented on ground but the Sikh community has been eliminated in this order,” he said. He said that “we want to know that why the earlier order was delayed and why only Kashmir Pandit community has been included in the order. We want to know who has manipulated the order.” Raina said that the Governor, Satya pal Malik must look into the matter and should revoke the orders at an earliest.
Notably, the sit-in protest was organized by President Santpal Singh GPC Budgam and Inderjeet Singh.
Under the banner of Kashmiri Sikh community, it has also challenged SRO-425 ‘scam’ in High Court last year. Various Sikh leaders and Sikh Sangat participated in the protest sit-in.