Sikh protests: DSGMC wants judicial probe

  • PTI, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2015 18:07 IST

Contending that all Sikhs are nationalists, a key organisation of the community on Friday alleged that false cases are being registered in connection with recent protests linked to slain Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bindranwale here and demanded a judicial probe.

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjeet Singh GK, who was in Jammu to express solidarity with the family of a sikh youth killed in police firing during a protest on June 4, alleged that the state government was pushing the community to the wall.

"Sikhs across the country are nationalist people who have their full confidence in the Constitution of the country and are ready to give their lives for the sovereignty and integrity of the country. But the government is pushing the community to the wall," he told reporters here.

He alleged that Jammu and Kashmir Police was registering false cases against sikh youth here in connection with protests which took place last week after Bindranwale's posters, which had appeared in some places, were removed by police.

"This is a blackmailing tactic being used by the Jammu and Kashmir police. They have registered false cases against Sikh youth just to harass them and blackmail the youth to take back the cases registered against the police," Manjeet Singh alleged.

He questioned the "credibility" of the probe being conducted by the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, into the incident and demanded a probe by a sitting High Court judge.

"How can we trust the credibility of the probe being done by the officer under whose nose the entire episode happened? How can such a probe be impartial? To restore the confidence of the Sikh community, the government must order a probe by a sitting judge of the high court," he said.

He said the DSGMC will give Rs 5 lakh to family members of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those injured in police firing.

He appealed the central and the state governments to take measures so as to restore the confidence of the community.

"We have been facing atrocities for past 31 years and now this government-sponsored atrocities will not be tolerated," he said.

He also accused Congress leader Jagdish Tytler of offering Rs five crore bribe to a witness of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots of Delhi through 'Hawala'.

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