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Chittisinghpura murder of Sikhs : Letter from SAD (A)

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Quilla S. Harnam Singh,
October 7th, 2006.

In continuation of my letter dated 22.9.2006 addressed to Your Excellency regarding the human right and fundamental right violations of the Sikh peoples in India, I have now come to gather more proof and evidence of the Chittisinghpura mass murders of Sikhs, their families and their children in Kashmir valley.

This massacre or select killings of Sikhs took place in the Kashmir valley in February 2000. I have now come to be informed by my special sources that during that period of time Col. Ajay Saxsena of X Guards, was posted to 7RR which looked after the security arrangements of Anantnag at Tehsil Khundru. Col Saxsena's company commander was Major Shorab Sharma previously from an artillery regiment then posted in 7RR at Rampura, a distance of 3 kilometers from Chittisinghpura where the Sikh massacre took place.

Col. Saxsena kept Sikh soldiers from his 7RR regiment as his personal and special guards. They were drawn from soldiers on deputation from the Punjab Regiment and Artillery Regiment which composed his battalion strength of 7RR. By 15th of April 2000, he had dropped all the Sikh guards from his security attachment and brought in Hindus of the Punjab regiment and Artillery on deputation attached to 7RR. The Hindus were Dogras from the Punjab regiment and Hindu Madrasis from the Artillery. The Sikhs attached to Col. Saxsena as guards who were from Punjab regiment and Artillery were sent into the companies of 7RR.

It was this new component of Hindu guards of Col. Saxsena, under the command of Major Shorab Sharma, that carried out the ghastly and shameful murder of Sikhs at Chittisinghpura that unfortunate day.

After the gruesome and unpatriotic killings of the Sikhs at Chittisinghpura, Col. Saxsena had six Muslims taken off a bus at Ranipura and had them slaughtered in cold blood by his new Hindu guards. They were buried later at Anantnag. This extra-judicial murder of the six Muslims was carried out-(1) to account for and blame them for the Chittisinghpura killings of Sikhs, (2) to sow seeds of enmity between Sikhs and Muslims who were both living in peace and were on amicable and good terms, to prove to the visiting American President, Mr. Clinton of the inhuman civilian killings by Muslim militants.

After ten days of the Chittisinghpura Sikh massacre Col. Saxsena recalled the Sikh guards he'd posted out and once again put them back on his personal guard duty. He'd accomplished his task of killing the Sikhs and Muslims and planting the seeds of suspicion and discord amongst the Sikhs and Muslims, and also alarmed President Clinton of the situation in Indian held Kashmir.

In August 2000, Colonel Saxsena was posted to Ferozepore as Admin Colonel 65, Brigade.

Captain Shorab Sharma, the other perpetrator of this evil crime, remained posted in 7RR till October 2000. Thereafter, like Col. Saxsena, having carried out his macabre task successfully, was posted to Army Head quarters, New Delhi.

Had it not been for Mrs. Albrights book which I have written from and quoted former President Clinton, this foul murder of the Sikhs and who were the culprits, would never have come to light.

"Obviously Mr. President, Colonel Saxsena could never have carried out this premeditated cold blooded murder of Muslims and Sikhs without orders from his administrative superiors in Srinagar, Udhampore and political and administrative masters in Delhi. Therefore this is a great conspiracy by the Indian state to murder both its major minorities."

I, on behalf of the Sikh people, thank the Americans for their centuries old tradition of openness, candour and transparency and leave the ball in your court to order a full CBI investigation, with no holds barred, to examine the then Corp Commander at Srinagar, Army Commander in Udhampore, the then Chief of the Army, former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and of course the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah and his security personnel. The hand of India's intelligence agencies RAW and IB needs to be thoroughly investigated in this diabolic sectarian and communal murders.

I will be grateful.
With regards,
Yours sincerely,

Simranjit Singh Mann,
President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar).

H.E. Mr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,
Hon'ble President of India,
President's House,
New Delhi.

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