Miscreants set panchayat ghar on fire in Bandipora district of JK
Miscreants set a panchayat ghar on fire in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, taking the number of such government buildings being torched since the announcement of the local bodies polls in the state to eight, police said Tuesday.
He said the fire resulted in partial damage to the building.
Fire tenders were rushed to the spot as soon as the news of the incident was received, the official said.
Separatists and militants have asked people to stay away from the polls, which have also been boycotted by the state's two main political parties – the National Conference and the PDP – and also by the CPI(M).
The violence has also cast a shadow on the polls, scheduled to be held in October and November, respectively.
Three cops were abducted and later killed by militants in Shopian district of south Kashmir, following which several special police officers (SPOs) of Jammu and Kashmir announced their resignation on social media.
Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh and the valley's top army official Lt Gen A K Bhatt Monday reviewed the security situation ahead of the polls at a meeting at Handwara in Kupwara district of the state.
The senior security officials emphasized that the existing cooperation and synergy between different forces is to be further strengthened to combat militancy and also to ensure smooth conduct of the local government elections.