Avtar Singh Makkar wants CBI inquiry into Jammu Sikhs violence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2015 09:52 IST

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar has demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the recent firing incident by police on Sikh demonstrators in Jammu that left one dead and six others injured.

Makkar made the demand here on Friday after the Jammu and Kashmir government registered criminal cases against some of the Sikhs for participating in the protest. They were protesting after some people tore a poster of Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, a former head of Damdami Taksal, who was killed during Operation Bluestar.

Describing the step of the state government as “unwarranted” and “unjust” as Sikhs were protesting in a peaceful manner, Makkar said even as the firing by police was unprovoked, still no case was registered against those who had given the firing orders.

He asked the state government to immediately order the cancellation of the cases against the Sikhs and demanded a C BI inquiry in to the incident.

A CBI inquiry should be held to bring out the truth and the role of police, he added.

“We have the right to worship whom we like, and we give no one the right to tear up pictures or posters of those whom we respect or worship,” he added.

He further said only a CBI inquiry would help expose those who were responsible for instigating the Sikhs. Those who tore off Bhindrawale’s poster had not yet been booked despite knowing that their action could lead to unrest, he added.

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