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Despite being targeted, Sikhs stood shoulder to shoulder with Muslims: JRL

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Condemns Tral Sikh youth's killing

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Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of a Sikh youth by unidentified gunmen at Tral.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik’s statement comes a day after the Sikh body expressed resentment against the silence maintained by pro-freedom camp over Sikh youth’s killing in Tral.
“Killing of any human being irrespective of the faith he belongs to deserves highest form of condemnation,” JRL said, adding that many attempts were made to trigger a sectarian wedge and Sikh community was targeted time and again but they always stood shoulder to shoulder with the majority community and the ongoing freedom struggle.
The trio said that “when the gruesome incident of Chattisingpora took place the members of Sikh community showed wisdom, remained patient and defeated the anti-Kashmir agencies and people.”
“It is the collective responsibility of the leadership and people to protect the minorities be that Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists as Islam also lay stress on protecting the members of minority community,” they said, adding that a joint delegation of JRL will soon visit Tral and meet the family members of slain Sikh youth Simranjeet Singh and collectively condemn the killing and reassure members of Sikh community.
They also strongly condemned the rape of a minor Gujjar girl at Ramsoo stating that such incidents deserve all out condemnation and those involved in attacking the chastity of the minor girl must face the stern punishment.
The trio said that before this incident another incident had taken place at Kathua where culprits were identified while relatives and family members of the minor girl continue to await justice. “These incidents are aimed at creating fear among the community and make them feel threatened by groups who gain by it,” he said.

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