JK panchayat body condemns killing , demands adequate compensation to family

Jammu: The All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) on Tuesday condemned the killing of a sarpanch by militants in Anantnag district, saying such cowardly attacks would not deter it from strengthening democracy in the grassroots level of the Union Territory.
Ajay Pandita, a Kashmiri Pandit sarpanch of the Larkipora area in Anantnag district and member of the Congress party, was shot dead in his native village on Monday. His last rites were performed here on Tuesday morning.
The AJKPC reiterated its demand for security to its members and also advocated an adequate compensation to the family of the deceased.
AJKPC president Anil Sharma said that we have lost 18 members to terrorist attacks so far but we will not succumb and will continue to work for strengthening democracy at the grassroots level in Jammu and Kashmir.
He urged the government to provide an ex-gratia relief of Rs 20 lakh to the next of kin of the slain sarpanch.

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