Terror Group Lashkar Asks Kashmiri Panchayat Leaders To Quit

Terror Group Lashkar Asks Kashmiri Panchayat Leaders To Quit

16 April 2012
Times of India
M.Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Villagers of Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Monday found warning posters issued by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), asking panchs and sarpanchs (village leaders) elected last year in panchayat elections to resign from their posts within a week. The posters were pasted at several places in Pulwama villages and discovered on the day when chief minister Omar Abdullah announced, at chief ministers' meeting in New Delhi, that he intended to remove 26 pickets of security forces from Srinagar district in the coming month. The Lashkar posters in Urdu language warned: 'The responsibility will lie on them (panchs and sarpanchs) if they don't obey and put in their papers.' General Officer Commanding GOC 15 Corps Lt General S A Hasnain said to news reporters at a function in Badamibagh on Monday: 'These are new warnings. But at the same time, these cannot be brushed aside as trivial. We are taking security measures in complete coordination with the local police there.' The militants have gunned down nearly one dozen panchs and sarpanchs throughout the state; the largest number killed in south Kashmir over past one year. The state government is planning to hold municipal elections in May to set up municipal bodies in cities and towns. The latest LeT threat may scare away people interested in contesting the elections.