No Fear Among Panchs : Soz

Says All Killings Not Done By Militants
Srinagar - Amid reports of mass resignations by the village heads after threats and killings in recent days, Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saifudin Soz says that there is no fear among the panchs and sarpanchs in the valley.

"Many sarpanches have met me since the morning today and they do not want to resign. They want to work for the people. There is no fear," Soz told reporters here.

At least 40 sarpanchs and panchs have resigned following the killing of one of their colleague in Palhalan, Pattan on Sunday.

PCC chief said that the grass root level representatives have expressed their desire to work for the betterment and development of the people of the state.

Asserting that security cannot be provided to every panchayat member, Soz asked the people of the state to support them.

He said the state government will look into the killings, but refused to squarely blame militants for it.

"I cannot say that every killing is done by militants. Sometimes, there is personal rivalry involved. But the government will properly investigate the killings," he said.

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