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  • Political conspiracy to eliminate Panthers leadership unraveled by cold blooded murder:  Harsh 

JAMMU:  Seeking a SIT probe into the alleged brutal murder of SC Cell Block President of Panthers Party in Kulwanta block of Ramnagar recently, a battalion of Panther activists spearheaded by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and other leaders held a massive protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground in Jammu today. The agitated protesters sought immediate arrest of the criminals involved in the ruthless homicide and demanded security cover for the party leadership who were being threatened by the goons owing allegiance to opposition parties particularly the BJP. 

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said that the Panthers leader was allegedly assassinated by the political opponents under a well hatched conspiracy. He said that the deceased Dharam Chand who was contesting the Sarpanch election from Lehar Panchayat of Kulwanta Block had visited the Tehsil office Ramnagar on Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 in connection with fulfilment of necessary formalities for filing his nomination papers. “The very same evening, he was mercilessly assaulted by some unidentified goons while he was returning to home and left unconscious in a pool of blood. He had received grave multiple injuries on his head to which the doctors gave 45 stitches and referred him to GMC Hospital in an unconscious state. The deceased succumbed to his injuries in the Hospital without recovering from the state of coma”, Harsh said. He regretted that despite a reign of terror unleashed in Ramnagar by the fringe elements, the local administration was allowing the ruffians and criminals to go scot free in view of the political clout enjoyed by them. 

Lambasting the local administration for failing to address the security concerns of the party leaders, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh sought SIT probe into the heinous act so as to unveil the truth. “The political conspiracy to eliminate Panthers leadership had been unravelled by the cold blooded murder of the dalit leader. NPP would launch a massive agitation in case the conspiracy behind the killing was not immediately brought to fore and all those involved in the gruesome murder brought to book,”infuriated Harsh warned. He further appealed to the Governor to take cognizance of the worsening law and order situation in District Udhampur and personally intervene so as to break the police-criminal nexus particularly in Ramnagar where a senior Police officer was also hand in glove with the dreaded gangsters and providing them shelter and support to execute their nefarious plans. 

Mr. Gagan Pratap Singh State Secy said that the Party Chairman had been receiving numerous threats of physical elimination from BJP leaders, the details of which were repeatedly provided to Police but of no consequence. He said that a highly biased police administration in District Udhampur had refused to take cognizance of dozens of complaints filed against the notorious elements of BJP who were openly indulging in hooliganism with public announcements to kill the Panther leaders. He said that even the video recordings and documentary evidence of one Rajinder Kumar alias Boor Pakodi a BJP Mandal President who openly threatened to eliminate Mr. Harsh Dev in a public meeting were also provided to Police authorities, but they were disregarded and thrown into the dustbin at the behest of their political masters.

Similarly, he said another BJP worker named Mohan Singh had threatened to “ lay the dead bodies of NPP leaders and its Chairman on the ground” in the presence of BJP MLA and police officers which was duly video-graphed and presented to higher authorities of Police but failed to elicit any response. Strongly condemning the murder of NPP leader, he said that it was yet another cheap sadist attempt of political rivals to silence the voice of Jammu. He asked the Governor’s administration to provide adequate security cover to the leadership of the party as it has been persistently opposing and exposing the BJP for all its vices, wrongdoings and political surrenders. 

Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Sham Gorkha, Rajiv mahajan, Kewal Krishan Sharma, Surinder Chauhan, Shankar Singh Sanju, Udeyveer, Jitender Verma,  Darshan Singh, Subhash Singh besides others.