The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) of Kashmir have expressed dissatisfaction over silence from pro-freedom Kashmiri groups on the murder of Sikh Simranjeet Singh.
Simranjeet Singh, a 24 year-old brother of a sarpanch (community leader) described as a ‘Sikh youth’ by media, was shot dead outside his home last Friday. His murder sent shockwaves through the Kashmiri Sikh community as Simranjeet Singh was believed to have been targeted by Islamic militants because of his family’s political influence.
On Wednesday Jagmohan Singh Raina of the APSCC said, “A youth of the minority community was killed in Tral, but it is unfortunate that the pro-freedom had so far maintained silence over it…. Though the United Jihad Council has said the youth was killed by agencies, they must use sources to identify those involved in the killing. There is anger among the minority community here over the silence maintained by the pro-freedom camp over the killing. In case such acts continue then the agencies who are working to divide the minority community en masse will succeed,” he added.
The statement followed a mass sarpanch resignation that saw 30 Sikh community leaders resign from elected roles within Kashmiri governance in the Pulwama district.
The Kashmiri Sikh community have long spoken out about the danger they live in due to the militancy in the country, something which often goes ignored among all the other problems within the disputed territory.
NOTE – Shortly after publishing this article a statement from The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) condemned the killing (released today, 10.01.19). You can read it here – https://freepresskashmir.com/2019/01/10/joint-resistance-says-killing-of-sikh-youth-aimed-at-destroying-communal-harmony/.