This was the second such killing in the district after a sarpanch was killed in Baramulla’s Palhalan area two weeks ago. The killing was followed by resignations by 15 panches and sarpanches.
“We had a meeting at Baramulla town today and are planning to resign. We have not received any threat directly but the killing has left us fearful,” said Fayaz Ahmad, who was among at least 40 panches and sarpanches mulling resignations.
More than 300 grassroot representatives have resigned since panchayat elections were held in April 2011 after a gap of 30 years. The resignations have been made in the wake of threats and killings by suspected militants.
“We’ll issue notices through newspapers and distance ourselves from panchayats. There is no point continuing,” said Tahira Jan, a woman panch from Baramulla.
J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Monday that he will discuss providing security to these grassroots representatives in the next united headquarters meeting.