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SAD demands adequate central forces for security of Sikhs in JK

Amid reports of threats served to Sikh community in Kashmir to convert their religious identity, the Shiromani Akali Dal today sought Centre's "urgent" intervention to instill a sense of security among the community and demanded adequate central forces there.

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2010 20:28 IST

Amid reports of threats served to Sikh community in Kashmir to convert their religious identity, the Shiromani Akali Dal today sought Centre's "urgent" intervention to instill a sense of security among the community and demanded adequate central forces there.

"The threat of some organisations cannot be overlooked in view of the fact that elements hostile to peace and communal harmony have been indulging in dangerous activity there (Kashmir)," said Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Talking to reporters here after meeting President Pratibha Patil, Badal feared that such threats could lead to "backlash" endangering peace and communal harmony in the country.

"There is an urgent need for response to the situation and a proactive role by the Centre in helping the State Government in the matter. We request that adequate Central forces should be sent to instill greater sense of security among the Sikhs," he said.

Badal's meeting with the President came a day after a Sikh delegation met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and discussed issues pertaining to the community.

The delegation comprised representatives from various Sikh organisations.

Badal said the Sikh community have been living peacefully with their Muslim brothers in the Kashmir Valley and there has been no instance of the people of any community there ever indulging in words or acts of violence and bitterness against another.

He contended that the aim behind the threats is to rapture the "socio-economic fabric" of the state and the country.