Panchayat representatives will be provided safe accommodations: IGP Kashmir

Reviews security situation in Kulgam

Panchayat representatives will be provided safe accommodations: IGP Kashmir

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Srinagar, March 12: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar Saturday said that Panch’s and Sarpanch’s facing threats from militants are being provided with "safe accommodations".
Talking to the media on the sidelines of a function at Tagore Hall Srinagar he, said, “Since they (Panch’s and Sarpanch’s) are soft targets, militants find it easy to attack them".
IGP Kashmir was referring to the killing of two Sarpanchs in Kashmir for the last three days. A Sarpanch was killed in south Kashmir's Kulgam district on Friday evening a day after his counterpart was shot dead in Srinagar.
"Sarpanch’s and Panch’s who are facing threats from militants are being provided safe accommodations in Srinagar and other district headquarters. Since ninety percent of these representatives do not have Personal Security Officers (PSO’s), they become soft targets of militants," he said.
The IGP Kashmir said the Sarpanch killed in Kulgam yesterday was provided space in Srinagar but he had travelled to south Kashmir without informing the Police.
Meanwhile, IGP took a detailed security review in south Kashmir's Kulgam district a day after a Sarpanch was shot dead by militants.
Militants shot dead the Sarpanch Shabir Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Abdullah Mir at Audoora area of Kulgam a day after another Sarpanch was gunned down by militants on Srinagar outskirts.
On March 2, a Panchayat Ghar was gutted in a mysterious fire at Damhal Hanjipora area of Kulgam district.
IGP Kashmir along with DIG police and DIG CRPF Anantnag visited Kulgam and held a meeting with DC Kulgam, SSP Kulgam, all COs of CRPF in Kulgam and other police officers.
 “A detailed security review of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and protected persons (PPs) were exercised,” a police officer told GNS, adding, “New measure to monitor their (PPS) visits were also discussed".
"Besides, emphasis was laid to generate specific inputs to enhance anti-militancy operations and to reduce new recruitment into the militant ranks," he added.
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