Srinagar, 12 May-2014, Peerzada Mansoor: A group of village heads across Kashmir today staged protest in summer capital Srinagar demanding strict punishment for killers of Village Headmen’s from the past one month.
While talking to reporters in Press Colney village head’s said if concerned authorities didn’t taken any serious note of it we will announce mass resignation. Reports said, elected village heads from south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Pulwama,
Shopian and Kulgam districts talking to the media said that the state government had left the elected village heads to the mercy of killers. They also said that there was 85% voter turnout when Panchayat elections were held in 2011. In 2011 polls were fought by people’s choice. After the election, the government has completely ignored us, said a village head men. “Isn’t killing of a sarpanch a human rights violation?” said a village headman. “We have formed a six-member committee that will also call on the separatist leaders to explain our position to them. “We are not involved in any political activity,” said Khurshid Ahmad, a village head from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. He is also the general secretary of the state Panchayat members association. “The state chief minister told the people that after the Panchayat election, power centre would shift to the villages, said Basher Ahmad, another village head. Eyewitnesses said, we were neither given any powers nor any security was made possible to protect our lives. At least four elected village heads were shot dead last month in south Kashmir by unidentified gunmen which created fear among public before the Lok Sabha election in the Valley.