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Forty panches resign in North Kashmir

On Sunday,militants shot dead a panch in Kreeri area of Baramulla district.

Written by Agencies | Srinagar | Published: September 25, 2012 1:43:55 pm

At least 40 panchayat members have tendered their resignations fearing for their life after the killing of a panch in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.

Forty panches,including three sarpanches,have submitted their resignations to the government in Baramulla district alone and reports suggest many more are in the offing.

“We have so far received the resignations of 40 panches,which includes three sarpanches from the district,” DC Baramullah Khwaja Ghulam Ahmad said.

“Though there are reports in the media that many more have resigned,only 40 resignations have been received by the administration so far,” he added.

A local Urdu daily here reported today of having received 53 resignations for publications.

Officials in the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department,however,have said resignations announced before media or in mosques will not be considered and the panches will have to follow a proper procedure if they want to quit.

On Sunday,militants shot dead a panch in Kreeri area of Baramulla district.

Mohammad Shafi Teli was shot in the chest outside his house at Nowpora village in Kreeri area,35 kms from here,at around 8.15 PM.

The 38-year-old was shifted to Sub-district hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.

Militants have killed several panchs and sarpanchs since the landmark panchayat polls were held in the state last year after a gap of 30 years.

Posters have surfaced in many areas of Kashmir since early this year,asking the panchs and sarpanchs to resign from their posts or face dire consequences.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah yesterday said he would discuss the issue of providing security to panchayat members in the next meeting of Unified Headquarters to ensure their safety.

Militant threats to J-K sarpanchs raised at CWC meeting

Militant threats to panchayat members in Jammu and Kashmir and non-delegation of powers to elected sarpanchs were discussed in the Congress Working Committee meeting today,with party general secretary Rahul Gandhi seeking a “serious consideration” of the issue.

CWC member and AICC general secretary in-charge for Punjab and Bihar Gulchain Singh Charak said in the meeting that elected sarpanchs and panchayat members have not been given powers entitled under the Panchayati Raj Act despite more than one-and-half-year since the panchyat elections took place in Jammu and Kashmir.

He pointed that elected panchayat members are also facing militant threats regularly and many of them have been killed.

“At this Rahul Gandhi said that it was a serious matter and required attention,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said. Party sources said Rahul Gandhi favoured “serious consideration” of the issue.

Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir were held in April last year after a gap of 34 years.

At least 40 panchayat members have tendered their resignations fearing for their life after the killing of a panch in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.

Forty panchs,including three sarpanchs,have submitted their resignations to the J-K government in Baramulla district alone and reports suggest many more are in the offing.

Militants have killed several panchs and sarpanchs since the landmark panchayat polls. Posters have surfaced in many areas of Kashmir,asking the panchs and sarpanchs to resign from their posts or face dire consequences.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah yesterday said he would discuss the issue of providing security to panchayat members in the next meeting of Unified Headquarters to ensure their safety.

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