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Ops secure sarpanch initiated by police
8/7/2020 10:24:28 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Aug 7: The J&K police have initiated an emergency protection plan for the grass root cadre of mainstream political parties especially the BJP after several targetted attacks on its workers especially panch and sarpanches in South Kashmir. The latest one where Sajjad Ahmed Khandey - a BJP sarpanch from Vessu, Kulgam was shot dead outside his residence, this was the 2nd such targetted attack on BJP grass root workers, earlier again in Kulgam, a BJP panch was shot at multiple times and is still battling for his life in a Srinagar hospital.
According to the threat assessment, close to 50 sarpanches from various sensitive areas of south Kashmir have been taken to secured accommodations for the time being. They will be lodged in these facilities till 15th of August, as the period up to 15th of August is being seen as critical in terms of being a time during which militant attacks are expected to rise. A senior police officer who is part of the whole exercise told Times Network that this is a temporary step and that they are working on a long-term plan to secure political workers especially those living in vulnerable pockets of south Kashmir.
However, in spite of police trying to take proactive measures to secure and instil confidence, these attacks have let loose a reign of fear in the BJP rank and file in the valley, especially south Kashmir where many BJP workers have either resigned publically or have gone into hiding. A BJP sarpanch who spoke to Times Network on condition of anonymity narrated what it takes to be associated with a mainstream political party in Kashmir. The sarpanch said, “We were told to leave our homes and are now lodged in a secured accommodation, but for how long, what’s the long term plan, we were brought into the electoral field by the government and we wanted to serve people but look where we have ended up. The government should come clean on what they plan for us, give us long-term security and not just till 15th of August.”
Another BJP sarpanch Vijay Raina questioned the seriousness of the government on their security. He said, “I want to ask the government, where is the security review, we were told one and a half years back that the government will do a security review but nothing has happened we are getting killed one by one, hand-folded I appeal to the government to take immediate steps to secure Panchayati members or resignations have started and soon all will resign.”
Time is running out for the security agencies as more such attacks and killings can completely deflate the morale of the grass-root political activists who form the backbone of any successful democratic process, this will also seriously jeopardise the plans of BJP government to kick start a bigger political process in jk something that was promised on August 5, 2019.
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