Jalandhar: In the wake of recent threats to Sikhs in Kashmir asking them to embrace Islam or leave the Valley, various organisations in Punjab have appealed to the
Centre and state governments to provide protection to the community.
"It is a question of Sikhs` security which both the state and central government should seriously think about," All-India Anti-Terrorist Front Chief Maninderjeet Singh Bitta
Bitta also demanding repealing of Constitution`s Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
"Now the government should refrain from vote bank politics. It is a right time to withdraw Article 370. This is a conspiracy by ISI to remove those opposing separatism in the Valley," Bitta added.
Voicing similar concerns were Akali Dal`s Chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, "Kashmir`s biggest issue remains the protection of Sikhs. The community would respond to the threats. What is happening in the valley is painful."
Yesterday a delegation of Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee of Srinagar had met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on the issue.
Omar had assured the delegation of Sikhs that the government will trace the mischievous elements involved in writing anonymous letters asking Sikhs to embrace Islam or
leave the Kashmir Valley.