Srinagar: At least 70 more Panchayat members have resigned in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam and Pulwama, taking the number of village representatives who have quit to 300, reports said Monday.
The highest number came from Kakpora block of Pulwama where 56 village heads announced their resignation. All the village heads from Parigam, Ratnipora, Kisrigam, Talangam, Narwa, Wagam and Gandipora resigned on Monday. They included 13 Sarpanchs, one Deputy Sarpanch and 42 Panchas, according to a local news agency CNS.
Those who tendered their resignations are: Muhammad Ismail Bhat, Abdul Aziz Bhat, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Muhammad Shafi Bhat, Abdul Gani Bhat, Hamid Bhat, Fatima Bano, Manzoor Gojri, Sajad Andrabi, Gulzar Wani, Abdul Gani, Ishaq Ganaie, Yasmeena Bano, Amina Bano, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Nisar Sheikh, Ghulam Mohi-u-Din, Bashir Mantoo, Aamina Banoo, Jabar Lone, Muhammad Akbar Dar, Bashir Khan, Noor Muhammad Sofi, Ghulam Muhammad Shah, Jameel Wani, Farooq Dar, Afrooza Bano, Shameema Akhtar, Muhammad Yousuf Rather, Muhammad Anwar Bhat, Manzoor Ganaie, Ali Muhammad Ganaie, Ashraf Teli, Abdul Karim Hajam, Zubeeda Akhtar, Tasleema Akhtar, Muhammad Akbar Bhat, Haneefa Bano, Bashir Malik, Bashir Rather, Nazir Rather, Ghulam Hassan Rather, Rashid Dar, Majeed Khan, Nazir Mir, Shezada Bano, Syed Hameedullah Andrabi, Bashir Ahmed Mir, Shafqat-ul-Islam, Mubeena Akhtar, Rafiq Dhobi, Shehzada Bano, Haleema Akhtar, Hassan Bhat, Ghulam Nabi Reshi, and Bashir Ahmed Akhoon,
A Panch from Rooh, Anantnag, Abdul Salam Rather also tendered his resignation.
Meanwhile, the authorities have revived night patrolling by the army, paramilitary and police following recent increase in militancy-related incidents in the districts, the CNS added.