Better security for Panchayat representatives, development without disparity in J&K soon: LG Sinha

Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha Wednesday said that the administration led by him will ensure better security arrangements for all elected panchayat representatives and political workers who are facing threats in the Union Territory.

“Some political workers and panchayat representatives were killed recently, I expressed my heartfelt condolences to their families. My administration stands with their families. Some measures to protect panchayat representatives and political workers have already been taken and I promise that I will ensure better security arrangements for them in the days ahead,” LG Sinha said, while speaking at a function at SKICC, on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar, KNO reported.

He also launched a departmental and district level Coffee Table book highlighting developmental works of J&K that took place in the past one year. The LG’s statement comes at a time when fear has gripped Panchayat representatives of Kashmir in the wake of series of attacks on them which saw death of two BJP workers including one sarpanch while third one was left injured.

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Sinha while assuring better security arrangements for the political workers and panchayat representatives, said “the administration needs to be cautious while framing the future security strategy for the panchayat representatives and other political workers.”

He said the administration led by him will start consultations to create a better atmosphere and to ensure a peaceful and dignified life for the people of J&K. “We will ensure J&K’s development without any disparity. This is what Prime Minister Narendera Modi is committed for. He directed me to work for the speedy development of J&K and make J&K as a model UT. Development has taken place but I feel there is a need to speed up the process on ground level,” Sinha said.

He said J&K’s Panchayati Raj Act is stronger than other States and UTs of India. “When we talk about change, we need to change ourselves first,” the J&K LG said, adding that democracy will flourish in J&K and “all of us will have to work towards that.” The LG said that in J&K, his priority will to be ensure a dignified life for the common citizens in a peaceful and congenial atmosphere all around.

Four attack in 10 days

  • According to the police, earlier BJP worker Arif Mohammed was shot dead by suspected extremists near Vesu village in which he was seriously injured.
  • In the month of June, Ajay Pandita, the sarpanch associated with the Congress party, was shot dead in his house in South Kashmir.
  • In July, young BJP worker Wasim Bari was shot in Bandipura along with his brother and father.
  • For the last few years, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at the Center is trying its best to prepare its political land in Kashmir.

BJP in Kashmir

  • BJP’s Kashmir unit spokesman Altaf Thakur says, “We have been able to connect more than three lakh workers in the entire Kashmir with the party.”
  • Altaf Thakur belongs to the slain extremist Burhan Wani’s town of Tral.
  • Inspector General of Kashmir Police Vijay Kumar said that the safety of BJP leaders and workers has been reviewed from time to time.
  • On August 5 last year, the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abolished and it was divided into two union territories. Since then, political activities in the area are closed.
  • After Wasim Bari’s death, he had said, “If a person anticipates danger, he contacts us. We assess his danger and provide him with adequate security.”

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