Insecure Sarpanchs Can Avail Security: Minister

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SRINAGAR:  Reacting to recent attacks on Sarpanchs and Panchs, Minister of State for Home, Sajad Ahmed Kitchloo Wednesday said that whosoever are behind these attacks will be apprehended and they will be exposed before the public. 

Kitchloo said the probe going on in the killing of Kalantara National Conference Sarpanch is in the final stage.

“We have initiated an enquiry into the attack on the Deputy Sarpanch, Noor Mohammad Khan in Kupwara and hopefully the assailants will be booked soon,” Kitchloo said adding that the government was ready to provide protection to those Panchs and Sarpanchs who feel insecure.

The minister made remarks at a time when hunger strike by the members of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference entered the third day. Memberrs are on hunger strike against the state government’s failure to address security issues of panchayat members.

“We demand security cover and implementation of 73rd amendment of the Constitution that empowers panchayat fully,” AJKPC general secretary Anil Sharma told reporters here. 

Kitchloo meanwhile said that the probe into the killing of National Conference Sarpanch Javid Ahmed from Kalantara has reached to final stage and soon the assailants will get exposed. “The government had given each and every facility to Javid Ahmed but unfortunately he was not availing that and as a result his unfortunate death occurred. “The investigation has reached to final stage and hopefully killers will be brought to justice,” Kitchloo said.

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