Govt probing Panch killings: Centre

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Dec 4: Jammu and Kashmir Government is probing whether the recent killings of Panchayat members were carried out by militants or resulted from personal enmity and criminal nexus.
In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Affairs R P N Singh said “As per information received from the State Government, two Sarpanchs (one each in Kulgam and Baramulla) and one Panch (in Baramulla) have been killed by unknown gunmen in incidents of violence against the elected representatives of Panchayats.”
He said investigation is on to unravel the truth as to whether the killings of Panchayat members were related to militancy or there was some criminal nexus or personal enmity behind the incidents. “State government has taken measures to ensure safety of elected representatives of Panchayats which includes night patrolling by security forces and domination of area, perceived to be vulnerable to such attacks. All specific reports about threats to Sarpanchs/Panchs are being attended by State police,” Singh said.
Panchayat elections were held in the state earlier this year after more than three decades and as many as 35,000 Panchs and Sarpanchs were elected.
In August this year, posters claiming to be that of a militant group were pasted in some parts of the Valley asking the Panchs to quit. However, the police was not sure whether the posters were a handiwork of some terror group or miscreants.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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