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J&K govt. announces relief for kin of slain Panchs, Sarpanchs

india Updated: Sep 28, 2012 22:00 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Omar Abdullah

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday announced government jobs to the next of kin of Panchs and Sarpanches who were killed since the first phase of elections ended last year.

A government spokesman said that the State Cabinet expressed deep concern over the recent killings of Panchayat Raj representatives and condemned the incidents.

In a meeting chaired by chief minister, Omar Abdullah, the cabinet expressed sympathies with the families and kin of the slain Panchayat Raj representatives.

"The Cabinet also directed deputy commissioners to expedite the relief in favour of the families of the deceased and also the cases for the appointment of the next of kin of the deceased on compassionate grounds,” the spokesman said.

At-least five grass root level representatives have lost their lives to the bullets of unknown men amid conflicting claims about the identity of the killers. Omar Abdullah blamed militants for the attacks which was rebutted by PDP pointing their fingers towards ruling National Conference.

The killings instilled fear among Panchs and Sarpachs with hundreds approaching newspaper offices to announce their resignations.