3 Panchayat Ghars Targeted In Southern Villages

SRINAGAR — Unidentified persons damaged three Panchayat Ghar in south Kashmir in 24 hours, officials said.

The third incident was reported at Drubgam village of Pulwama and the Panchayat Ghar suffered minor damages, official sources said.

Earlier a Panchayet Ghar was set on fire by some unknown persons at Nazneenpora Shopian. It also suffered partial damage, the sources added. A police official however said that there was attempts made to burn down the Panchayat Ghars but there was no damage to them.  

In the first incident, unidentified persons burned down a Panchayat Ghar at Tral area of Pulwama following which police registered case against unidentified persons.

The incidents coincide with the announcement of Panchayat elections to be held in nine phases from next month.

Official sources said that the Panchayat Ghar was set ablaze by unidentified persons at Seer Jagier area of Tral late last night as a result of which some windows of the Panchayat Ghar got damaged.

A police officer confirmed the fire incident and said that blaze was controlled soon after the flames began emanating from the building.

 “A case under FIR number 87/2018 under section 436 RPC has been lodged and further investigations were taken up,” the officer said.

Asked about the cause of the fire, the police officer said: “It seems that some mischief mongers tried to set it ablaze, we have taken cognizance and those behind it would be unveiled”.  


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