Several Sikh groups on Monday staged a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar to denounce the use of excessive force on protesters in Kashmir during the ongoing uprising.
The protesters, led by Narinder Singh Khalsa, expressed solidarity with the indigenous Kashmir Movement and pitched for the solution of Kashmir issue through political dialogue.
Khalsa, according to the CNS news agency, said that Sikh community fully endorses the peaceful political protest programme being initiated by the joint resistance leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
He said that mass uprising in Kashmir can’t be suppressed with the excessive use of force.
While condemning the killing spree in Kashmir, excessive use of pellet guns, ransacking of houses by government forces, Khalsa appealed to the world community, UN and Human Rights organizations to take serious note of “state sponsored brutality” against protesters.
He also strongly condemned the desecration of ‘Gurudwara Sahib’ in Anantnag district by forces and also appealed to the Sikh community worldwide to render all sorts of humanitarian help and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir at this critical juncture.
“Non-resolution of J&K dispute is the real cause of the entire unrest, so there is a need to understand the anguish and distress of people and not dismiss it by claiming that it’s entirely Pakistan sponsored or 5% people are hijacking the Kashmir issue,” he said.
The Sikh organizations which were part of the protest included Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar, International Sikh Federation and Sikh Students Federation.