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Attack on Sikh girl of Tral

Srinagar: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has asked the separatist leaders to come forward and play their part in resolving the crisis that has come up following the harassment meted out to a Sikh girl in the Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

In a statement, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that some people want to disturb the brotherhood between the majority Muslim community and minority Sikh community in the Kashmir valley. He said people should be vigilant about these elements and should not allow playing with the bonhomie between the two communities.

“It is highly unfortunate that some youth tried to force a Sikh girl namely Mandeep Kaur resident of Gadapora-Tral to convert to Islam despite her strong reservations about the same. The girl sustained injuries after she refused to listen to diktats of the youth,” said APSCC Chairman.

Raina said that Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik should issue a strong statement about the incident and denounce the elements involved in this act. He said the girl a student of Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST) was attacked with a knife.

“The incident needs to be probed in a professional manner so that the truth comes out before the people. Vice-Chancellor IUST should also take up the matter seriously and initiate a probe at his own level as well,” said APSCC Chairman.

Raina said that Sikhs in the valley did not migrate and rubbed shoulders with their Muslim brothers. He said it is the duty of Muslims to safeguard interests of Sikhs and they have been doing the same from time to time.

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