Chattisinghpora probe: HC serves notice to JK, MHA

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 20: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Monday issued two weeks’ notice to state government and Union home ministry on a Public Interest Litigation seeking inquiry into massacre of 34 Sikhs at Chattisinghpora in South Kashmir’s Islamabad (Anantnag) district in March 2000.
A division bench comprising Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar also issued notice to Commissioner Secretary General Administration Department, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, and chairman National Commission for Minorities.
The PIL, filed by Avtar Singh through his counsel Advocate G M Wani, also seeks directions to appoint a Board for welfare of Sikh community in the State, appoint a Commission to investigate the problems of Sikhs and to suggest appropriate measures for their improvement in social and economic sectors.
The petitioner, in addition, has sought introduction of Punjabi language department in University of Kashmir, financial assistance to deserving students for higher studies abroad, reservation for Sikhs of J&K in all state departments and other institutions including legislature, judiciary, and administration.
The petitioner also demands delimiting of a legislative assembly constituency for Sikhs in the State, conducting elections of Shri Gurduwara Prabandak Committees in Kashmir, audit of the last Gurduwara accounts throughout the state, providing similar benefits to Sikhs to which other minorities are entitled to in rest of India under the National Commission for Minorities and measures to promote the “Khalsa” community of Jammu and Kashmir.