Militants Attack Sarpanch In J&K

Militants Attack Sarpanch In J&K

8 June 2012
Deccan Herald


Srinagar: Over the last few weeks, the Kashmir Valley saw an upward surge in militancy related incidents with sarpanches and panches elected in elections last year becoming soft targets of militant attacks. At least 10 panches and sarpanches have been killed in the Valley in the last one year since the panchayat elections were held. Director-General Police K Rajendra Kumar said that militants “are now trying to attack soft targets.” There are militants still operating but the number is less and they are attacking soft targets,” he said. “Police will investigate the attacks on panches and sarpanches from all angles. We suspect involvement of some other persons apart from militants,” he added. On June 4, a sarpanch was shot at and injured in Keller area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Next day unidentified militants barged into the house of another sarpanch of the same district shooting his elderly father-in-law. However, in the backdrop of rising attacks on panchayat members and appearance of posters asking them to resign, seven panches elected from different wards of the Rajpora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district tendered their resignation. The panches have publicised their resignation through a local daily in the form of paid advertisements on Wednesday. A senior police officer told Deccan Herald that latest attacks have sent the security grid in the valley into a tizzy. “Police have been unable to trace the attackers in most of the cases. As Lashker-e-Taiba militant outfit is using over ground workers to carry out the attacks, it becomes difficult for police and security agencies to trace them.