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The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP on Friday demanded security for political workers of different parties who are facing threats, asserting that they are upholding democracy in the union territory.

It said sarpanches and heads of local bodies should also be provided the security cover as Pakistan wants to destroy the democratic process in JK.

“It is very important to provide security to all the active political workers of all the political parties — be it the NC, the PDP, the Congress or the the BJP — who have threat perception, BJP’s JK unit president Ravinder Raina said here.

Those who participate in the democratic process make the democracy and law of the land stronger,” he added.

Raina was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at the party headquarters here.

The BJP leader paid tributes to party leader Wasim Bari who was killed by militants in Bandipora district along with his brother and father on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, all Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference president Anil Sharma also demanded security for political workers, especially for the panchayat members, in the union territory.

“We appeal the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to provide security to our people (panchayat members) so that they can work freely at the ground level because it is the Panchayat Raj Institutions which are working at the grass-roots level in the absence of the assembly,” Sharma told reporters here.

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