Sikhs demand judicial probe into Chattisinghpora massacre
29 April 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Several Sikh organisations have demanded a judicial probe into the Chattisinghpora massacre on March 20, 2000 in which 36 persons were killed by some unidentified gunmen. 'Following the CBI inquiry which has established that the Pathribal encounter was stage managed by Army, it becomes necessary to find out the truth behind the Chattisinghpora massacre also so that mystery behind the killings can be solved,' said Sudershan Singh Wazir, Ex-president of J&K Gurdwara Parbandhak Board, while talking to media persons, here today. Listing the questions associated with Chattisinghpora incident, such as who was actually responsible for the killings and what led to the massacre, Mr Wazir said that answer of these questions must be found for the satisfaction of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Wazir, who was accompanied by some other leaders of the Sikh organisations, demanded that the judicial probe should be conducted by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court. 'Only an impartial inquiry by a sitting judge of Supreme Court can answer the questions of Sikhs who believe that there was a deep rooted conspiracy behind the massacre,' he added. Narbir Singh, president of Shiromani Youth Akali Dal, Jammu and Kashmir, also addressed the press conference and impressed upon the Central Government to immediately order a judicial probe into the Chattisinghpora massacre. 'Further delay in this regard would only deepen the suspicion among Sikh community towards the security agencies,' he said. Mohinder Singh, chief organisor of Bhai Kanhaya Nishkam Sewa Society and Paramjit Singh, State president of All India Sikh Students Federation, also addressed the press conference.