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
"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 senior leader
rpt senior leader 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.