J&K: Village sarpanch, government officer killed in firing by militants in Anantnag district - watsupptoday.com
J&K: Village sarpanch, government officer killed in firing by militants in Anantnag district
Posted 27 Nov 2019 12:54 PM

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Suspected militants killed a sarpanch and a government officer in Anantnag district of Kashmir on Tuesday, PTI reported. The incident took place during the “back-to-village” programme, a public outreach initiative by the government, in Badazgam village.

The additional deputy commissioner of Anantnag, who was leading the meeting with residents, was safely escorted out of the area after the firing, unidentified officials said.

The sarpanch, Rafiq Shah, and government employees Manzoor Parray and Zahoor Ahmed Sheikh were injured in the firing. All three were taken to a nearby district hospital, where Shah and Sheikh succumbed to their injuries, Parray is in a critical condition in a hospital in Srinagar. Sheikh worked in the horticulture department.

The Centre initiated the “back-to-village” programme on June 20, and its first phase lasted till June 27. It was held across 4,483 panchayats. This was an effort by the Narendra Modi-led government to reach out to people in Kashmir.

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