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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Quit or face consequences: LeT to J-K sarpanches

HT Correspondent and PTI, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, December 19, 2013
First Published: 22:39 IST(19/12/2013) | Last Updated: 11:48 IST(20/12/2013)

Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has warned mainstream political workers and sarpanches in Jammu and Kashmir of dire consequences if they fail to resign within a week.

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“Whether affiliated with the National Conference, PDP, Congress or the BJP, or planning to vote in their favour (during the forthcoming elections), they should immediately snap their ties with them,” the LeT said in posters pasted at Gawkadal and adjoining areas in the heart Srinagar.

The hand-written posters in Urdu were spotted on Thursday. They carry the stamp of LeT district commander (Srinagar) Nawab Gaznavi and another name, Yaseen Kashmiri.

The posters direct sarpanches and political workers to tender their resignations within a week through newspapers or mosques.

Such threats have frequently been made in Kashmir following the 2011 panchayat polls. The threats have on occasions triggered panic, leading to a flood of resignations.

Around half a dozen grassroots representatives have been killed since the 2011 polls, in which 34,000 panchayat representatives were elected.

A police officer said investigations had started to ascertain whether the posters “are genuine or just a prank".

The ruling National Conference said such posters were nothing new in Kashmir.

Opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar said the truth of the posters must come out and police should verify the facts.

Senior Congress leader and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil said it was the duty of the police to investigate the matter.

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