Srinagar, March 20, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Sikh families are awaiting justice even after sixteen years since the horrifying massacre of Chattisinghpora took place wherein 35 persons from Sikh families were shot dead point blank. Thirty-five Sikhs were targeted on March 20 evening ahead of the-then US President Bill Clinton’s visit to India. Blood was spreading all over the roads of this village in Islamabad district.
Later, it was proved that the genocide was carried out by Indian troops to malign Mujahideen. Nanak Singh, 59, a lone survivor of the massacre who lost his 16-year old son Gurmeet Singh, 25-year old brother Dalbeer Singh and three of his cousins in the gory incident says, “It was at around 7:45 in the evening when gunmen in army uniform asked the villagers to come out of their houses and assemble saying that they had information about the presence of militants in the area.”
He said that the villagers who were inside the Gurdwara were also made to assemble outside. “While 19 people were made to assemble near main Gurduwara among whom I was one, 17 more were queued up near another small Gurdwara in Shokipora,” Singh says.
He said that the attackers who were speaking in Hindi offered wine which they rejected. “They later opened fire on people. The bodies were lying all around me in a pool of blood and I could hardly gather what had happened. A bullet pierced through my hip but I survived, only to watch five of my family members being cremated,” says Nanak amid sobs.
Nanak, who survived after receiving a bullet injury, is baffled about the reluctance of the Indian government in ordering inquiry. “Leave apart justice, what I fail to understand is what stopped the government from at least ordering an inquiry into the horrific massacre of 35 Sikhs,” said Nanak Singh.
Meanwhile, President of All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), Jagmohan Raina, in a media interview in Srinagar demanded fresh probes into Chattisinghpora massacre, Pathribal fake encounter and the Brakpora killings as they all were inter-related incidents.
On the other hand, Hurriyet leaders Firdous Ahmad Shah and Bilal Siddiqui in their separate statements said that the massacre of Chattisinghpora, had exposed India internationally. The incident happened when the Indian forces entered houses of Sikhs, dragged them from their houses and brutality killed them, one by one.
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