Demand for SIT probe into the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits-Sikhs, SC asked to submit a memorandum

In the petition filed by the NGO 'We the Citizens', demand was also made for the rehabilitation of Hindus and Sikhs who had left Kashmir and settled in other parts of the country during the era of terrorism.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to hear the petition filed regarding the SIT investigation into the genocide of the killings of Hindus and Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir between 1989 and 2003. The court asked the petitioner to first submit a memorandum to the government regarding their demands. In the petition filed by the NGO 'We the Citizens', there was also a demand for the rehabilitation of Hindus and Sikhs who had left Kashmir and settled in other parts of the country during the era of terrorism.


Petitioner's counsel

During the hearing, advocate Barun Kumar Sinha, appearing for the petitioner, argued that more than 1 lakh Hindus have been killed in Kashmir during this period of terrorism. He cited the book 'Our moon has blood clots' by Rahul Pandita and 'My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir' by Jagmohan, who was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that in these books, the incidents of massacre, arson and displacement of Hindu Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir have been recorded.


'Government ignored the pain of genocide victims'

Advocate Barun Sinha argued that the Jammu and Kashmir government never tried to investigate the plot of the genocide. Always ignored the pain of the victims. Sinha argued that the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and CrPC came into force only after the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 in the year 2019 ended. Therefore, under all this, the perpetrators of the genocide were never prosecuted.


Curative petition pending regarding Kashmiri Pandits

Earlier in 2017 also, the Supreme Court had refused to hear a petition seeking a similar demand from an institution named 'Roots in Kashmir'. Then the court said that it would not be possible to collect evidence after so many years of the massacre in 1990. The petitioner had filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court regarding this. This petition is still pending in the Supreme Court.