AJKPC slams state government over attacks on Panchayat members

Jammu, Jan. 13 (ANI): The All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) on Sunday slammed the state government for being unable to protect the lives of Panchayat representatives from fatal attacks from the militants in the state.

Expressing outrage and disappointment over the continuous attacks, representatives of AJKPC held a press-meet in Jammu to express their angst and dismay.

"It is indeed unfortunate that the state and central governments are watching the entire scenario like mute spectators. The state government looks helpless, it seems as if the anti-national elements are ruling the state," said Shafiq Mir, AJKPC chairman.

He demanded swift action from the state government while stating that the village heads would continue to serve as against the threats from militant organisations.

"We have not committed any crime but there are some responsibilities of the government. The chief minister has been asserting that the nothing is wrong in the region, if that is the truth then why does not he give up his own security and that of his ministers. He should come unarmed and join the village heads," said Mir.

The attacks on village council members again gathered steam as unidentified gunmen shot and injured a woman, who is also a member of the village council in Hardeshiva village of Sopore in Baramulla district on Saturday evening.

This is the third such attack in two days, as the suspected militants have already gunned down two other Panchayat heads. No group is yet to take responsibility of these attacks.

Over 700 village council members had quit, under threat from militants after militants shot dead a deputy Panchayat head in Baramulla district in 2012. (ANI)