Kashmir Indepth

Security agencies, admin working to stop killings of Panchayat representatives: Advisor Farooq Khan

Raouf Dar

SRINAGAR, August 11(KINS): Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Farooq Ahmad Khan Tuesday said the security agencies and administration was working to stop killings of Panches and Sarpances in Kashmir.

While condemning the recent attacks on Panchayat representatives and party workers, Khan said, “Panches and Sarpanches contested elections on a non-party basis. They contested elections to work for development in their respective areas. But there are some people who don’t want them to work for the welfare of people.”

The Advisor told reporters in South Kashmir as per news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) that security agencies and administration want to ensure such attacks are stopped.

“The attackers should also be punished,” he added.

His statement came in view of recent killings of workers of mainstream parties in Kashmir.

Several workers especially associated with the BJP have resigned. Many Panchayat representatives have also fled their homes due to fear.

A BJP worker was attacked on Sunday in Budgam who later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. 

The police said that Abdul Hamid Najar was on morning walk when unidentified gunmen fired at him near Ompora.

Thirty eight-year-old Najar (who belongs to the Other Backward Class) was the district president of the BJP.

The attacks have created a fear among BJP workers, Panches and Sarpanches in the valley. After these attacks, several BJP workers had announced their dissociation with the party.

On Thursday, suspected militants shot dead BJP Sarpanch Sajad Ahmad Khanday in Qazigund area of Kulgam district. While on Wednesday, a BJP Sarpanch Arif Ahmad was shot at, leaving him critically injured.

Muhammad Rafiq Bhat, BJP General Secretary for Dooru constituency in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, announced his resignation from the party on Thursday.

Independent Sarpanch Muhammad Iqbal from Chandan Pajan area of Devsar, Kulgam uploaded a video on social media announcing his resignation.

Several BJP workers from Kulgam and Anantnag resigned from the party on Thursday seeking forgiveness from people.

Several BJP leaders have also resigned from the party in North Kashmir.

This comes after a BJP youth leader Waseem Bari along with his father and brother were killed in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district last month.(KINS)

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