Srinagar: The Sikhs living in Kashmir on Saturday urged the hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to exempt Deepawali day from the purview of its agitation to allow the community to celebrate the festival.
"We urge the Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to exempt the Deepawali Day from agitation, so that Hindus can go to temples to offer prayers and Sikhs can visit gurudwaras," All Parties All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said here.
Raina also asked the Sikhs and Hindus living in Kashmir to celebrate Deepawali, the festival of light, with simplicity as the Valley has lost more than 100 lives during the five months of ongoing turmoil.
He said the Sikh community will express solidarity with the families, those who have lost their dear ones, on Deepawali.
The APSCC members during the meeting also observed two minutes silence to pay homage to innocent civilians killed in the turmoil.