Srinagar, January 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, dozens of Panchayat representatives from Hardshiva and Yemberzalwari areas of Sopore have resigned from their posts. Thirty-five Panchayat members announced their resignations in the presence of media in Srinagar. The development came after the recent killing of a Sarpanch and injuring of a woman Panch in separate attacks by unidentified persons in Sopore areas.
Those who tendered their resignation included Manzoor Ahmad Rather, Ghulam Muhammad Kanjwal, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Peer Ghulam Mohidin, Ghulam Hassan Dangroo, Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, Ghulam Rasool Reshi, Jehangir Rasool, Zareefa Bagum, Haleem Bagum and Rafiqa Bagum.
On the occasion, the Panchayat representatives said that they were being exploited by the puppet administration. “We do not want to get killed. We are being exploited,” said Manzoor Ahmad Rather, a Sarpanch from Hardshiva. “Fresh attacks on us in Sopore have created a sense of fear among us. The government is not taking any steps to protect us,” he added.
Pertinently, unidentified gunmen on Friday shot dead a Sarpanch, Habibullah Mir, at Goripora in Sopore, while a woman Panchayat member, Zoona Begum, was shot at and injured inside her house in Hardshiva area of Sopore on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a meeting chaired by the puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, in Srinagar expressed inability to provide security to every Panchayat representative in the territory. A top police official, who was a part of the meeting, in a media interview said, “Participants unilaterally said that it was impossible to provide security to every Panchayat representative.”
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