Area domination by security forces dominated a high-level meeting called today by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to review the security of Panchayat members.
During the two-hour meeting, Omar emphasised that vested elements were making every attempt to derail the democratic process in the state, which needed to be frustrated at every level, official sources said. During the meeting, police and other security agencies highlighted the role of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba terror outfit for being the brain behind the terrorising of Panchayat members of Kashmir valley, the sources said.
It was decided that while the Army would step up night patrolling in rural areas, coordinated efforts should be made by the civil administration in liaison with the Army and other security agencies to create a congenial and secure environment, the sources said. Certain areas in North Kashmir were listed as vulnerable to terror threats to Panchayat members and it was decided that a multi-layered security ring would be thrown around the areas involving Army, CRPF and local police, the sources said.
Some panches and sarpanches have sent in their resignations apprehending threats to their lives in the wake of the killing of panchayat member Mohammed Shafi Teli at Kreeri in Pattan area of North Kashmir on September 23.
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