Thirty-five Sikhs were murdered in cold blood by the Lashkar terrorists in Chittisinghpora village of Anantnag district of Kashmir on the night of March 20, 2000.
Sikhs have always been the target of Islamists in the Valley. Since Islamist radicals started raising their heads in the Valley, Sikhs have been a target.
On the dreadful night of March 20, 2000, Lashkar terrorists entered the Chittisinghpora village of Anantnag district in Kashmir. They were about 25 in number.
In a predominantly Sikh village, men were returning home from two gurdwaras of the village and women were preparing dinner.
Lashkar terrorists, who entered the village from two sides, ordered the men to line up outside the two gurdwaras. On being asked, they told the villagers they were checking about the suspicious movements of terrorists in the village. They had disguised themselves in Army uniforms.
They started firing indiscriminately in the queue. Nanak Singh, then 39 years old, was the only survivor. Then US President Bill Clinton was on an India visit.
Nanak Singh had told Firstpost “the massacre was carried out to give a wrong message about Kashmir to former US President Bill Clinton.”
Security analysts believed the massacre was carried out to threaten Sikhs into fleeing the Valley like Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their land.
The Valley is again witnessing a protest by Sikhs as two Sikh girls have been forcibly converted to Islam and married off to Muslim men.
Akali dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa met the Jammu & Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha and demanded an anti conversion law to protect the Sikhs of the Valley.
Sikh bodies are demanding Uttar Pradesh like anti-conversion law to check the Islamists' agenda of converting Sikh girls.
Sirsa wrote on the social media platform Twitter, “Thanking Hon’ble @OfficeOfLGJandK Manoj Sinha Ji for immediately issuing directions w.r.t the issue of forced Nikah of Sikh daughters in Srinagar. He has assured us that the Sikh girl who was forcibly converted would be returned back to her family.”
Thanking Union Home Minister Amit Shah, he wrote “We have been assured by the Home Minister of India that the Sikh girl of Srinagar who was forcibly converted would be returned back to her family safely.”
In a message to the Union Home Ministry, Sirsa wrote on June 27, “I am at Srinagar joining the protest with the local Sikh community against forced Nikah and conversions of Sikh daughters who are forced to marry elderly of a different religion. I urge Govt of India to take stern action against such kind of Nikah happening in the valley.”