Newly-elected J&K LG Manoj Sinha promises better security arrangements for sarpanchs and panchs in UT
Sinha was responding to concerns raised after the killings of several panchayat members and some BJP workers in Kashmir in the past month
Newly-appointed Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday promised better security arrangement for grassroots level elected leaders but asked them to take precautionary measures as well."
"Many people have spoken about security issues. We have lost several colleagues recently...My sympathies and the administration stand with their families. Whatever possible security arrangements have been made, these have also been reviewed. I want to assure you that we will make our efforts to provide best security arrangements to you," Sinha said while addressing a function to felicitate COVID warriors at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC).
The lieutenant governor urged sarpanchs, panchs and other elected members to adopt precautionary measures for their own safety.
"I will not enlist those measures publicly but these will be conveyed to you by authorities in one way or the other," he added.
Sinha was responding to concerns raises by grassroots elected leaders about their security, following killing of several panchayat members and some BJP workers by militants in Kashmir over the past one month.
Four Bharatiya Janata Party workers or office-bearers have been targeted by militants in the last one month.
BJP's district president for Bandipora Waseem Bari, his father and brother were shot dead by militants last month.
A BJP panch was shot at and injured on 4 August while another sarpanch from the party was shot dead two days later in south Kashmir's Kulgam district.
A BJP worker was shot at by militants in Budgam district on 9 August and died a day later. The target killings has led to nearly a dozen BJP leaders resigning from the party in just past three days.
The court was hearing a PIL seeking door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens above the age of 75 and persons who are specially-abled, wheelchair-bound or bedridden
Meanwhile, an official order in this regard stated that all government and recognised private schools up to Class 12 that fall in the Jammu division (summer zone) will observe summer vacation from 8 to 25 June as per past practice
At least three others, including a policeman, were injured in the attack. Security forces have cordoned off the area and further details are awaited, officials said.