Chattisinghpora massacre: Two Pakistanis acquitted
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 21:47
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday acquitted two Pakistani nationals, suspected to be Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, of the charge of involvement in the massacre of 35 Sikhs in Chhattisinghpora in Jammu and Kashmir 11 years ago.

Mohd Suhail and Waseem Ahmed, who hailed from Sialkot and Gujranwala in Pakistan respectively, were acquitted by Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja as the prosecution failed to produce evidence against them.

The case relating to the massacre was transferred here by the Supreme Court in November 2008.

The massacre of Sikhs in Chattisinghpora in Anantnag district had taken place on the eve of the India visit of then US President Bill Clinton on March 20, 2000.

The trial of the case was transferred from a court in Kathua to the Delhi court.

Around 13 witnesses were produced by the prosecution to support its case for the alleged involvement of militants of Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba.

However, some of the witnesses had turned hostile during the recording of evidence and refused to identify the accused in the court.

Nanak Singh, who had lost his son Gurmeet Singh and brother Dilbari Singh in the massacre, had said he could not see the assailants as he was unconscious.

An Anantnag resident, he had said he cannot say whether the accused persons, present in the court, were among the assailants.

Karam Jeet Singh, another Sikh from Chattisinghpora village, had failed to identify the accused in the court, saying he did not know the persons who opened fire on the villagers nor did he know the place they belonged to.


First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 21:47

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