LeT asks panchayat members to quit within a week

Last Updated 20 December 2013, 20:18 IST

Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has asked mainstream political workers and panchayat members in Jammu and Kashmir of dire consequence if they fail to resign within a week’s time.

"People who support the present oppressive regime and those who favour NationalConference, Peoples Democratic Party, Congress or BJP and intend to participate in electoral process are hereby strictly warned of dire consequences in case they continue to support or vote for political parties,” handwritten posters of LeT pasted in several areas of Srinagar warned.

The posters, appearing at many walls and electric poles in Habakadal, Kharyar, Gowkadal and Basant Bagh area of the City on Thursday threatened those who vote and support any political party.

Warning sarpanches, panches and district presidents of political parties to relinquish their posts, the posters asked them to announce their resignation during Friday prayers and through newspapers.

The posters had the names of district commander LeT Nawab Ghaznavi and Yaseen Kashmiri.
Such threats have frequently been made in Kashmir following the 2011 panchayat polls. The threats have on occasions triggered panic, leading to a flood of resignations.

A senior police officer said they are investigating the matter and it is too premature to say whether these posters are genuine or just a prank.

(Published 20 December 2013, 20:18 IST)

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