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Sikhs join agitation against land transfer


SRINAGAR: Kashmiri Sikhs have pledged full support to the Action Committee Against Land Transfer (ACALT) and said they will also take out a procession from Amira Kadal Gurduwara to Jamia Masjid to join people’s movement against the controversial land transfer. “We support ACALT programme and have unanimously decided to take out a protest from Amira Kadal Gurdwara to Jamia Masjid to join our Muslim brothers to fight against the land transfer issue,” Indumeet Singh, Administrator Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee(GPC) told a news conference here.

He said Kashmiri Sikh’s are part and parcel of Kashmir and have every right to fight against the ‘sale of their land’. “We demand the land transfer order should be revoked forthwith. We will not allow the sale of our land,” Singh said. He said that the rightwing Bharatiya Janta Party is communalizing the situation in Jammu by issuing anti-Muslim statements. “We will not allow BJP to create tension among Kashmir’s majority and minority communities. We and our Muslim brothers will fight against BJP to keep our communal harmony intact in Jammu too,” Singh said.

Speaking on the occasion, All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) President Manjeet Singh said, “BJP failed to trigger communal clashes in Kashmir. It is a slap on BJP. Muslims here distributed free food to the Amarnath pilgrims,” said Manjeet Singh. Condemning the recent killings of the youth by the firing of paramilitary troops, Singh said, “Opening fire on the peaceful protesters is the worst form of democracy. What if people pelted stones, police and CRPF were not supposed to open fire,” the AISSF President said.

He said Kashmiri Sikh’s express solidarity with the families of the youth killed over the past eight days here and added that the blood of innocent Kashmiris will not go waste. Singh said Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which provides impunity to the troops here, should be abrogated forthwith. “Under the garb of this Act, forces kill youth and not a single complaint is being registered against them,” he said. Members from the other Sikh organisations, Ekta Mansh and Shri Mani Akali Dal were also present. Meanwhile another organisation of Sikhs, Kashmiri Sikh Students Federation (Mehta), too will take out a demonstration from Lal Chowk to Jamia Masjid.-SANA



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