Chattisinghpora massacre: Two Pakistanis acquitted

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.



PTI



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

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