Srinagar, March 21, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, justice continues to elude the families of the victims of Chattisinghpora massacre even after the passing of 17 years to the incident. Thirty-five members of Sikh community were killed in disguise by Indian troops in Chattisinghpora area of Islamabad district on March 20 in 2000 on the eve of the then US President, Bill Clinton’s visit to India.
The Chairman of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), Jagmohan Singh Raina in a statement in Srinagar once again urged the puppet administration to nab the culprits of the carnage. He said that it was unfortunate that the puppet regime was silent on an issue which was highlighted world over. “We shall not rest till the real culprits of this massacre are brought to justice,” he said.
Jagmohan Singh Raina said, “According to the police, nearly 20 unidentified gunmen 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 Barakpora proved by judicial enquiry of Justice Pandan Commission.”
The APSCC Chairman said that the bodies of these five people 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,” he added.
“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 officials in the troubled region really knew who killed the men of Chattisinghpora,” he said. Jagmohan Singh Raina demanded a fresh probe into the Chattisinghpora carnage to bring the culprits to book.
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