Tral Sikh youth killing: 30 Sarpanchs, Panchs of community resign en masse in Pulwama

A view of Gurudwara Chatti Pathshahi in Srinagar's Rainawari. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo

Srinagar: Following the killing of a Sikh youth by unknown gunmen in Tral about 30 Sarpanchs and Panchs from the Sikh communtity have resigned en masse in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC)  however said  the authorities are yet to accept their resignation.

“All those Sikhs who recently won Sarpanchs and Panchs elections, about 25 to 30 in number, have resigned en-masse in Pulwama in view of security concerns, following killing of a Sikh youth in Tral on Friday.

The youth, identified as Simranjeet Singh, alias Suman Singh, is the brother of a sarpanch,” APSCC said.

Meanwhile, expressing anguish on the alleged silence of pro-freedom leaders over the killing of a Sikh youth by unidentified gunmen in south Kashmir’s Tral, the APSCC said some vested interests are trying to harm the centuries old communal harmony in the Valley.

On Friday Simranjeet Singh was critically injured after he was shot at by unknown gunmen in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, he however succumbed to injuries at SMHS hospital later in the  afternoon.

The slain was a brother of Rajinder Singh- Sarpanch Khasipora Tral. Rajindar was associated with Congress party but later contested as an independent candidate. (with inputs from UNI)

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