Kashmir's minorities seek Geelani help to ensure safety

Delegations of Hindus and Sikhs met Geelani separately at his residence here. They alleged that they were being forced by some elements to join the ongoing protests.

The members of the minority communities stated that while no Hindu or Sikh was attacked during protests, the pressure to join the demonstrations was making them feel insecure.
Later, the separatist leader appealed to the people, particularly youth, not to force the members of minority communities to join the protests.  “Geelani sahib told the delegation that Islam guarantees protection to minorities. He also assured Hindus and Sikhs that no harm would be caused to them,” said a spokesman of the separatist leader.

The delegations of Sikhs and Hindus alleged that some youth were knocking their doors and asking them to join the protests against the civilian killings in police and security forces firing. Geelani promised that the youth involved in the protests will be instructed not to trouble the minorities. However, the separatist leader told the delegations that some elements, working for government agencies indulge in such activities to defame the separatist movement and cause a wedge between different communities. He told them that efforts would be made to expose such elements.

The Hindu delegation was led by Sanjay Tickoo, head of Kashmiri Pandit Sangrash Samiti, while the Sikh delegation by Jagmohan Singh.

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