January 14, 2013
Sopore (Jammu and Kashmir), Jan. 14: More than 27 Sarpanchs (village heads) from Sopore area in Jammu and Kashmir, tendered their resignation on Monday in wake recent attacks, saying they are being threatened to leave their houses and are scared for their lives.
Around 20 village heads from Sopore area had resigned on Sunday.
“We are giving our resignation, because two to three village council members have been killed. There is mounting pressure from family members. They are threatening to leave the house, if we don’t resign. We are helpless and none of the promises have been fulfilled from the government,” said Farooq Ahmed, a deputy village head.
The attacks on village council members again gathered steam as unidentified gunmen shot and injured a woman, who is also a member of the village council in Hardeshiva village of Sopore town in Baramulla district of the state on January 12.
The protesters said the village heads have been continuous target by for last two years and the government has failed to provide them security.
Over 700 village council members had quit, under threat from militants after they shot dead a deputy village headman in Baramulla district in 2012.