IGP Assures Upgraded Security For Panchayat Members

Srinagar, Nov 07: In a bid to allay mounting fears, the inspector general of police (IGP) for Kashmir, SM Sahai, on Wednesday said that his force would provide individual security to panchayat members “wherever necessary.”

“The state police has already taken practical steps to upgrade security for panchayat members. That is why attacks against them have not escalated,” the IGP said, referring to incidents prompting nearly 700 elected rural representatives to announce their resignations.

Around 33,000 panchayat members elected last April are up in arms across the state, demanding full and individual protection after a number of attacks which have left at least two dead.

Seeking to dispel impressions that the police had neglected pacnhayat members, the IGP said that attacks against them would have picked up had his force not taken timely measures.

“Militant groups have tried their utmost to obstruct grassroots administration, but the police has foiled their designs with timely action,” he said.

“They (militants) tried their best to turn panchayati raj into a failure by terrorising rural representatives, but were unsuccessful,” he said.

Security will be upgraded further wherever panchayat members face militant threat,” he said. Observer News Service

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