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Sarpanchs, political workers continue to resign
Fearing threat from mobs, militants
9/2/2016 10:50:29 PM
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Sept 2: The resignation from sarpanchs, mainstream political workers continues in Kashmir fearing attacks from mobs and militants.
On Friday three more sarpanchs resigned in north Kashmir Nadihal area of Bandipora district, who as per sources were pressurized by the mob to resign.
For the last around two months, it has been seen that mobs had attacked the houses of sarpanches, panches and JK police forcing many to resign.
In last month, scores of sarpanchs and panches were forced to resign after government failed to provide them security, their families and homes were attacked.
In Kupwara and Baramulla district, sources said scores of panchs and sarpanchs have resigned who received threats from the people to be ready for serious consequences if they don't tender their resignations. "My family faces continuous threats from the mob. I resigned after the mob attempted twice to set my house on fire," a sarpanch of Kupwara district said.
Atleast 30 panches and two sarpanchs' resigned during a rally last month at Rahmoo in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. They were affiliated with the PDP, National Conference and Congress.
Two Special Police Officers also announced their resignation after their houses were attacked by crowds in north Kashmir's Sopore area. SPO Waseem Ahmad Sheikh was seen shouting pro-Azadi slogans as he was surrounded by a crowd in Rafiabad area.
"I'm resigning because my house was attacked by people. I'm no more with the police. I have resigned. I'm the sole bread owner of my family. I have decided to quit and I want tell the people that I have nothing to with police," said Waseem.
A large by number of policemen have been injured in stone pelting and houses of several cops were attacked by mobs.
The political workers of NC, PDP and Congress too have resigned fearing threat to their lives. The separatists have also called for a social boycott with them while militant groups have threatened them to resign,
Reminiscent of the 1990s, when almost all political activists across the Valley's political spectrum resorted to the same tactics, these resignations have now come from north, central to south Kashmir where these workers claim they dissociate with the mainstream parties and have no affiliation with them.
"I want to announce that I have resigned from the PDP. I have no further affiliation with this party. It is not suitable to be part of this party under the current situation," a PDP workers announced in a paid advertisement in a local newspaper.
Another worker from Amira Kadal constituency announced in a paid notice that, "I want to inform that I have resigned from the PDP Halka Lalchowk. I will not be part of its party activities. Whatever happened in the past, I apologized for that," he informed.
A PDP worker from north Kashmir too published similar notification in a local newspaper on announcing resignation from the party.
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