Poonch: Attempt to torch vehicles of panchayat members foiled

An attempt to torch the vehicles of a Sarpanch and his deputy in Poonch district by unknown persons was foiled on Saturday.

Reports said that unknown persons tried to set ablaze a Bolero vehicle, JKO02 1578, of Sarpanch Subhash Chander Sharma and Swift vehicle, JK11C 2888, of Naib Sarpanch Rekesh Kumar.

The vehicles were parked at Hakim Morh, near Dak Bungalow in Mendhar when some persons tried to burn them. However, timely action saved both the vehicles, reports said.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Mendhar, Neeraj Padyar, told Greater Kashmir, “There was an attempt to burn the vehicles and an FIR has been lodged. Investigations are underway.”

He said that he has also recommended a legal action against a Special Police Officer for alleged dereliction of the duty. “When the vehicles were tried to be torched, the SPO was not present. I have sent a report to the higher authorities, recommending him to be disengaged,” Padyar said.