Hizbul threatened militant-turned-BJP Urban Local Bodies election candidate

Aasif Suhaf., Jammu, Oct 4: In Jammu and Kashmir, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has threatened militant-turned-BJP Urban Local Bodies election candidate Farooq Saifullah who recently filed nomination from Srinagar. Warning posters against Farooq and others have gone viral on social media networking sites. Farooq had earlier while talking to News24 challenged militants to prove him wrong. The outfit’s Divisional Commander Abu Umair Al Hizbi has also issued a warning to a  political worker Imran Zargar Imran Billa whom Hizbul Mujahideen describes “a turncoat working at the behest of intelligence agencies for helping different candidates to win elections in lieu of millions of rupees”.But BJP state spokesperson said that they are not afraid of any terror threats. Meanwhile, unknown persons attacked the residences of two candidates in old Srinagar city who are contesting Municipal elections for Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) with petrol bombs last evening.In another incident, unknown people targeted car of an independent candidate Nisar Chudisaz at Kaka Mohalla in Rainawari area of old Srinagar. The car was parked outside his house and its tyres caught fire.  Nisar was also not at home at the time of the incident.On the other side, “Joint Hurriyat”, an amalgam of separatist political parties, comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Faro and Yasin Malik called for a complete shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir on October 8 to protest against the commencement of municipal and Panchayat elections.A statement issued to media asked people to “observe subsequent protest shutdown in their own respective areas as per the poll schedule on 10th, 13th and 16th October and show their complete disassociation and resentment against it.”The arrest of JKLF chairman Yasin Malik and the arrest of dozens of Hurriyat activists and youth and raids on their homes has been resented by “Hurriyat”.The state government has formulated an unprecedented security plan for the smooth conduct of upcoming Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and Panchayat elections in the state. The plan covers the safety and security of both contestants and the voters in most sensitive areas in Kashmir and elsewhere in the State.The panchayat elections are being held on a non-party basis. Additional 400 companies of central security forces would be deployed in the state over and above the security forces already stationed.ULB elections are being conducted in four phases from October 8 and Panchayat elections in nine phases beginning November 17. This would be a massive exercise to elect more than 39, 500 representatives.In an unprecedented move, the government employees deployed on election duty would be paid a month’s additional salary.The two main regional political parties National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party have decided to boycott the elections as they have asked the Central Government to clear its stand on the issue of Article 35-A and take steps for its protection.The Communist Party of India (CPI) also decided not to participate in the polls keeping in view the prevailing situation in the valley.The State Congress after deferring the decision for some time, of late, announced its participation in the upcoming Panchayat and Municipal elections. BJP and other Jammu based smaller parties are also participating in the upcoming elections.Pertinently, more than a dozen Panchayat Ghars mostly in south Kashmir region besides in central and north Kashmir areas have come under attack following the announcement of Panchayat elections. Unknown persons have set ablaze the Panchayat Ghars and also attempted to set on fire some more Panchayat Ghars in these areas.