Sarpanches have lately become easy targets of unidentified gunmen in Kashmir valley and threats to their (Sarpanches) lives have led to more than 300 resignations across the valley. No militant organisation has so far claimed the responsibility for the attacks.
Pertinent to mention, in a recent interaction with the chief minister Omar Abdullah, various sarpanches and panches blamed his party (National Conference) for the attacks. According to various media reports, local MLAs and sarpanches have had tiffs over the power sharing arrangements.
Killings often remain shrouded in mystery in valley and the killing of sarpanches has been no exception. So far, police have failed to make any arrests in these deaths. Elections to panchayat bodies were held in the state in 2011 after a gap of more than 20 years.
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