Criticising the government for failing to hold Gurdwara elections, Jammu and Kashmir Shiromani Akali Dal (Komal) on Monday demanded a thorough and impartial probe into the killings of 35 Sikhs in south Kashmir's Chattisinghpora village in 2000.
Party president Gyani Surjeet Singh Badal said the last Gurdwara elections were due since November 2008. "But still, in spite of repeated assurances, the government has not held the elections so far," he said.
Gyani also demanded reservation for unemployed Sikh youth in government jobs. He also demanded the appointment of Punjabi teachers in schools and other educational institutions in the state, particularly in Kashmir.
He alleged that the Punjabi language was being deliberately ignored by the government, forcing the Sikh youth to go outside the state for higher education.