Posters surface in Palhallan village threaten sarpanches, police informers

ASEM MOHIUDDIN. Dated: 9/16/2012 1:29:06 AM

SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Days after unknown gunmen shot dead a sarpanch in Palhallan village of North Kashmir, panic has further gripped the area after some posters pasted on electric poles surfaced on Saturday morning warning panchayat members to resign or face action.
Well placed sources told Kashmir Times that hand written posters surfaced in Wahipora and Sherpora mohallas of Palhallan village of Baramulla district.
“The posters carried strict warning for panchayat members and spies (informers) of security agencies to mend their ways or face the deadly actions,” sources said.
However, they said following the tip off about the appearance of posters, the 29 Rashtriya Rifles early in the morning removed them.
According to sources, the posters were pasted at around two kilometers of distances from the place of last Monday’s incident where the sarpanch was killed.
“Panic gripped the people of the area after news about the posters spread. The people avoided roaming around early in the morning and after the removal of posters by army the situation returned to normalcy,” locals said.
However, the army downplays the incident stating that it was the handiwork of some non peace loving people.
“The posters have been pasted by some miscreants who want to exploit the situation and take undue advantage of militancy. After the killing of Sarpanch they want to further create panic among people,” said the senior army official, adding that handwritten posters are in the name of Hizbul Mujahidin and Lashker-e-toiba.
The police sources said that a person has been picked up who on personal animosity with a local panch had pasted some posters.
“It was a personal animosity of one local with the panch member who had refused to allot any work to him under NREGA programme at Guldaripora following which he took this extreme step and pasted some posters to create fear psychosis,” sources said.
They said the investigations are on to ascertain further facts about the incident.
Pertinently, unknown gunmen on Monday evening killed the ruling National Conference Sarpanch Ghulam Mohamamd Yatoo son of Abdul Karim Yatoo of Raipora outside the mosque.
The killing sparked fear among the panchayat members who later tendered mass resignation. So far as many as 65 members of the village have resigned from the job.



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