7 Panchayat members quit in Pulwama

Reader Correspondent
Srinagar: At least seven Panchayat members have resigned in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district following the killing of a colleague by unknown gunmen on Thursday evening, reports said Saturday.
On Thursday, gunmen shot dead 45-year-old Mohammad Amin Pandith, a PDP Sarpanch, at Gulzarpora village in Awantipora.
According to local news agency GNS, Sarpanchs Ghulam Nabi Dar, of Palpora; Mohammad Ayuob Mir, of Zahid Bagh, Watchi; Panchs Shahzada Begum, Farooq Ahmad Mir, of Rakhi Litter Pulwama; Hameeda Bano; and Mohammad Ramzan Reshi—all associated with PDP—announced their resignation in local mosques after the Friday prayers.
The Panchayat members had also put posters in their respective areas announcing their resignation. The posters by the Panchayat members also announced disassociation from pro-India parties, the news agency said.
In the past, hundreds of Panchayat members have announced their resignations after being attacked or after attacks on their associates by suspected militants.
Meanwhile, posters of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen on Saturday appeared in many areas which include Nowpora, Achan, Lasipora and its adjoining areas in Pulwama district.
The handwritten posters urged people to stay away from political activists, who support the “oppressive regime” in the state. The posters have asked the people not to fall in the trap of pro-India parties like BJP, Congress, NC and PDP.
The outfit has warned the political activists of dire consequences if they continue their support to the pro-India parties. “Don’t consider it a threat. You’ll see the results shortly if you fail to act on the above said statements,” the posters, according to the GNS, read.