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100 more village heads announce resignation in J&K

chandigarh Updated: Sep 26, 2012 19:14 IST

Despite assurances by the state government, over 100 more terror-stricken panches and sarpanches announced their resignations through paid advertisements in the Valley.

The panches and sarpanches, mostly hailing from north Kashmir's Baramulla district, announced their resignations through paid advertisements in local dailies.

Almost all those who have announced their resignations cited personal reasons as the reason for the resignation.

"I...am resigning from the post of panch/sarpanch on personal grounds. FromWednesday, I will have no connection with any political party or Panchayati system. This is for the information of all," the advertisements published in several Urdu dailies read.

Authorities on Tuesday confirmed that they had received almost 40 resignations of panches and sarpanches in Baramulla district alone, after the killing of their colleague on Sunday, but preferred silence about the total number of grass root level representatives quitting the job so far.

Around 53 panches had on Tuesday announced their resignations through local dailies.

"We do not have the exact figures right now but we are collecting the number of resignations tendered by panches and sarpanches since Sunday," an official of the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department told PTI.

As per the paid advertisements in the local dailies, nearly 200 panches and sarpanches have announced their resignations fearing for their lives during the past two days.

Admitting that the resignations have been triggered by the killing of the grass root level representatives, the official said resignations announced before media or in Mosques will not be considered and panches will have to follow the due procedure if they want to resign.

Two panchs were killed by suspected militants in as many weeks in Pattan area of Baramulla, the latest victim being Mohammad Shafi Teli, a panch, who was shot in Kreeri area on Sunday.

Militants have killed several panchs and sarpanches since the landmark panchayat polls were held in the state last year after a gap of 30 years.

Jammu and Kashmir government has said it will strengthen the security measures for the panchayat leaders in the state.

"We have directed the home commissioner and the director general of police to take whatever measures are required to ensure their security," rural development minister Ali Mohammad Sagar had said.

Sagar said there were some elements who were against strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in the state but the government is committed to foil their nefarious designs.